On April 23, 2019, the City Council appointed members to serve on the ad-hoc Fertilizer Working Group.  This committee is tasked with developing a draft ordinance regulating the use of fertilizers in the City of South Portland to be presented before the City Council.  Meetings of this committee are open to the public.  Agendas and minutes will be posted here. 


Members of the Committee:

Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability Director
Fred Dillon, Stormwater Program Coordinator
Jesse O’Brien, Agronomist Downeast Turf
Chip Osborne, Osborne Organics
Linden Thigpen, Resident
April Caricchio, City Councilor
Rick Peruzzi, Athletic Fields & Golf Course Manager, Parks & Rec Dept
Cathy Ramsdell, Friends of Casco Bay
Breece Sleeper, Always Green Tree Lawn and Landscape
Rachel Burger, Resident
Andrew Capelluti, Resident 

 

Fertilizer Working Group

File Name Date Added File Size
Fertilizer Ord Meeting Agenda 10-9-19.pdf 10/8/2019 141.39 KB
Fertilizer Ord Meeting Agenda 09-11-19.pdf 9/5/2019 140.41 KB
Fertilizer Ord Meeting Agenda 8-14-19.pdf 8/8/2019 136.83 KB
Fertilizer Ord Meeting Agenda 7-24-19.pdf 7/22/2019 140.25 KB
ORDER #01.pdf 7/3/2019 1,682.58 KB
ORDER #207.pdf 6/21/2019 356.28 KB
Fertilizer Ord Meeting Agenda 6-26-19.pdf 6/13/2019 156.42 KB
NEIWPCC Statutes and Reg Fertilizers NE States 2011.pdf 6/13/2019 67.34 KB
Recommendations Fertilizer Practics for Lawns re Water Quality Univ Conn.pdf 6/13/2019 1,074.04 KB
ORDER #199.pdf 6/5/2019 1,882.09 KB
Fertilizer Ord Meeting Agenda 6-5-19.pdf 5/22/2019 634.58 KB
ORDER - Fertilizer Ordinance Working Group.pdf 5/22/2019 126.87 KB

Resources

File Name Date Added File Size
PhosphorusVol.32No.3.pdf 9/4/2019 1,793.22 KB
Soil_Quality_Restoration.pdf 9/4/2019 180.46 KB
How Fertilizers Harm Earth More Than Help Your Lawn - Scientific American.pdf 9/4/2019 159.80 KB
The Hidden Dangers of Chemical Fertilizers -- Environmental Protection.pdf 8/23/2019 106.71 KB
Global Nitrogen_ Cycling out of Control.pdf 8/23/2019 1,288.84 KB
Nitrogen fertilizer is bad stuff — and not just because it could blow up your town _ Grist.pdf 8/23/2019 1,628.85 KB
The Nitrogen Problem_ Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse - Yale E360.pdf 8/23/2019 748.99 KB
JONES 'Nitrogen' (21July14).pdf 8/23/2019 3,419.61 KB
Unintended consequences of fert bans UFL.pdf 8/8/2019 1,096.65 KB
UNH Landscaping at the Waters Edge.pdf 8/8/2019 3,718.11 KB
SW_Manual_Presentation.PDF 8/8/2019 3,048.21 KB
2019-bc-peterson-grass presentation.pdf 8/8/2019 5,332.19 KB
2011_Turf_BMPs Gary Fish presentation.pdf 7/17/2019 1,574.58 KB
Friends of Casco Bay Nitrogen Ordinance Chart 6.27.2019.pdf 7/17/2019 101.45 KB
List of Regional Clean Water Guidelines for Fertilization of Urban Turf.pdf 6/21/2019 128.48 KB
Regional Clean Water Guidelines for Fertilization of Urban Turf.pdf 6/21/2019 1,598.86 KB
NITROGEN-PHOSPHORUS-POTASSIUM VALUES OF ORGANIC FERTILIZERS.pdf 6/20/2019 147.04 KB
Fertilizer presentation Jesse O'Brien.pdf 6/20/2019 163.43 KB
Fertilizers Compatible with Organic Landscape Managment.pdf 6/13/2019 1,241.44 KB
Freinds of Casco Bay Nitrogen Bay Paper 2015.pdf 6/13/2019 1,058.54 KB
Friends of Casco Bay Key Components to Consider 6.6.2019.pdf 6/13/2019 72.03 KB
Friends of Casco Bay Nabbing Nitrogen Map 2016 Results.pdf 6/13/2019 239.27 KB
Friends of Casco Bay Nitrogen Concentrations.jpg 6/13/2019 436.97 KB
NEIWPCC Clean Water Guidelines for Fert of Urban Turf.pdf 6/13/2019 921.96 KB
NEIWPCC Statutes and Reg Fertilizers NE States 2011.pdf 6/13/2019 67.34 KB
Recommendations Fertilizer Practics for Lawns re Water Quality Univ Conn.pdf 6/13/2019 1,074.04 KB

Website Resources 

Beyond Pesticides Fertilizers Compatible with Organic Landscape Management:
https://www.beyondpesticides.org/programs/lawns-and-landscapes/tools-for-change/fcwolm

UNH Sea Grant Outreach & education:
https://seagrant.unh.edu/WQ-and-lawns-outreach 

MEDEP Manuals and Guides to Reduce Water Pollution:
https://www.maine.gov/dep/land/watershed/materials.html

South Portland Stormwater Management:
https://www.southportland.org/departments/water-resource-protection/stormwater-management/storm-water-manual/