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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Residents Want Fertilizer Ban

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Lawns may not be as green, but neither will water at Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake.

The lawns may not be as green this Spring -- but neither will the water at Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake.

Residents of Marl Lake and Lake Rosalind have voted in favour of a ban on fertilizer within 100 meters of Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake.

Fertilizers are to blame for the past blue green algae problems at the lakes.

Of the 111 households that voted in the plebiscite -- 94 per cent voted in favour of some form of fertilizer ban.

58 household want an outright ban on all chemical and organic fertilizers, 46 favoured a ban on fertilizers containing phosphorus and 7 opposed any form of ban.

Councillor Chris Peabody says the people have spoken and its now up to Council to listen.

He says a fertilizer bylaw has been drafted and will receive some final changes over the next few weeks.

This draft fertilizer bylaw will come before Brockton Council for approval on April 23rd.

About 40 per cent of lake residents participated in the fertilizer plebiscite.


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