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LAKE GEORGE -- The Town Board moved during its April 23 meeting to amend a local law that restricts use of lawn fertilizer.

The amendment to the Fertilizer Restriction Law for the Lake George Park was “written to promote a lakewide commitment and adoption of the law to reduce the impact to Lake George from excess phosphorus, nitrogen and other pollutants from lawn chemicals,” according to a statement issued Thursday.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the amendment, after an April 14 public hearing brought widespread support from residents in attendance.

The law goes further than a state law enacted in 2012 that allowed use of lawn fertilizer within 3 feet of a body of water, as long as a drop spreader is used.

The new amendment prohibits the use of lawn fertilizers within 50 feet of any body of water in the town, effective immediately. The same setback is required in the town of Queensbury.

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