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Queensbury approves law restricting fertilizer use

2011-09-12T22:41:00Z 2011-09-13T13:32:47Z Queensbury approves law restricting fertilizer useMeeting capsule by MAURY THOMPSON Glens Falls Post-Star
September 12, 2011 10:41 pm  • 

Meeting

* Queensbury Town Board, Monday evening

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* The board unanimously approved a local law banning the use of lawn fertilizer within 50 feet of the shoreline of Lake George and requiring any lawn fertilizer used between 50 and 200 feet of shorelines to be phosphorous-free. Representatives of the Fund for Lake George and the Lake George Association spoke in support of the law and suggested even more stringent regulations. Several property owners and David Decker, of the Lake George Watershed Coalition, spoke in support of the local law. David Linehan, of Jim Girard Landscape maintenance Corp., spoke against it.

Other news

* The board authorized the Queensbury Central Fire Company to move forward with a $1.7 million renovation and expansion of its Lafayette Avenue station, as part of a new three-year contract. The budget will remain flat for two years and then increase by $7,000 to $750,000 in 2014.

* The board authorized taking legal action in New York state Supreme Court against Leemilt's Petroleum because of the rundown condition of a vacant former gasoline station and convenience store at the intersection of Aviation and Dixon roads.

* Board members discussed establishing a policy that property owners within the town sewer district must tap into the district by 2014.

Next meeting

* 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the town activities center

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(5) Comments

  1. QbyGardener
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    QbyGardener - September 13, 2011 8:12 pm
    How are they even going to enforce it? Call the Sheriffs when someone is fertilizing their lawn, to inspect their spreader? It's a good idea to educate people about the impacts of all the petroleum-derived chemicals they spread on their lawns, but seems a poor idea for a law.
  2. localyocal
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    localyocal - September 13, 2011 1:29 pm
    I'd like to know who is going to over see that this is followed through. All of the beautiful lawns you see around Lake George are chemical and fertilizer dependent. In my opinion, there are few companies out there, that can promise results without the use of these harmful additives.
  3. suspecting
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    suspecting - September 13, 2011 11:17 am
    The town board should have included Sunnyside, Glen Lake, and other bodies of water in the law. Apparently these bodies of water aren't effected like Lake George. If only we can figure out how the ecosystem works there, then we will have the problem taken care of. They sold themselves short once again.
  4. informedLGer
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    informedLGer - September 13, 2011 10:01 am
    Most lawns in this area don't need phosphorus anyway...nitrogen is what they really need if anything. If landscapers planted native plants they wouldn't need to worry about fertilizing at all since plants native to the area have evolved to thrive in local conditions.
  5. northq
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    northq - September 13, 2011 6:04 am
    Banning fertilizer use near the shoreline is a step in the right direction in improving water quality for Lake George. Run-off from heavy rains and leaching cause large amounts of nutrients to enter the lake, contributing to algae blooms and diminished water quality.Residents can still have their status symbol "golf-course" lawn using fertilizer that doesn't contain high amounts of phosphorus. It's interesting that the only person to speak against the proposal was a representative of a landscaping firm that is only seeing dollar signs and not considering the big picture of overall lake health.

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