Studies conducted at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture demonstrate that in the Twin Cities metropolitan area soils generally contain a surplus of phosphorus. Soil tests conducted in the city by city staff produced similar results. These findings reveal that healthy lawns in the city can be maintained without applying the containing phosphorus. Excessive phosphorus in lawn and from other sources, such as leaves and grass clippings swept into streets, can enter storm water runoff and degrade the quality of nearby water bodies. Reducing the amount of phosphorus entering the city’s water resources will improve water quality. The purpose of this Article VIII is to impose regulations on the sale and application of containing phosphorus that will improve water quality and protect the city’s water resources.
(Ord. 2002-28, passed 7-1-2002)