Pleasant Bay Fertilizer Management Plan

Fertilizers account for 16% of the watershed nutrient load in Pleasant Bay. The Pleasant Bay Fertilizer Management Plan provides strategies with the potential to reduce the overall controllable nitrogen load by up to 7.2%. The plan identifies three areas where efforts need to be focused:

  1. Working with municipalities to reduce fertilizer use on town fields and parks;
  2. Working with golf course managers to establish a targeted reduction in nitrogen from fertilizer use;
  3. Targeting public education to year-round and seasonal residents and lawn care professionals to reduce fertilizer applied to residential and business properties.
  4. Limiting the size of newly constructed lawns in the watershed.

Fertilizer management plan

Recommended Policy for Municipal Turf Management: Memorandum and Policy