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9th District Delegation & Barnegat Bay Partnership Start Grass Roots Public Awareness Campaign to Protect Local Waterways

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are working with the Barnegat Bay Partnership (formally the Barnegat Bay National Estuary National Program) to inform local residents that the best management practices for fertilizing lawns is critical to reducing the pollutants washing into our local rivers, creeks, wetlands and Barnegat Bay.

In a letter to the mayors of their 23 constituent municipalities, the 9th District Lawmakers attached an informational pamphlet on how residents can maintain a beautiful green lawn, while at the same time, save the Barnegat Bay watershed and local water ways. The Delegation requested that the mayors consider enclosing the pamphlet, which was prepared by the Barnegat Bay Partnership, in any communications sent to residents as part of a local public awareness campaign.

In a related effort, Connors, Rumpf and Gove have requested to be added as co-sponsors on S-1411/A-2290, which would establish statewide standards for fertilizer applications, provide for the certification of professional fertilizer applicators and would regulate the sale and labeling of certain fertilizers. Both measures are lodged in the Environment Committees of their respective Houses.

The 9th District Delegation issued the following statement:

“For years, our Delegation has worked closely with the Barnegat Bay Partnership and has relied greatly on their scientific expertise on matters dealing with the Barnegat Bay and the environment, overall. In light of this, we are pleased to work with the Program in this grass roots public awareness campaign to help inform local residents on how they can play their part in protecting our waterways and drinking water supply. We recognize that this is an important issue in our District. Several towns in our District have already been proactive by enacting their own fertilizer ordinances.

“To kick off this public awareness campaign, our District Office has begun enclosing a copy of the brochure with all outgoing constituent correspondence, in addition to sending it out to our entire constituent E-mail database. We have also posted the brochure on our Legislative website.

“In these trying economic and budgetary times, it’s difficult for any government entity to divert the resources needed for an effective public awareness campaign. We feel this effort presents a cost effective means of informing the general public of the steps they can personally take to protect their environment. Working collectively with the Barnegat Bay Partnership and local municipalities, we are confident that greater public awareness about the use of fertilizer will make a difference in the health of our waterways. This is just one small, but important step in the larger policy initiatives concerning the Barnegat Bay.”

A copy of the fertilizer brochure can be found at the following link on the Delegation’s website:

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