(A)   This chapter:
      (1)   Regulates the proper use of fertilizers by any applicator;
      (2)   Requires proper training of commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators;
      (3)   Establishes training and licensing requirements;
      (4)   Establishes a prohibited application period; and
      (5)   Specifies allowable fertilizer application rates and methods, fertilizer free zones, low maintenance zones, and exemptions.
   (B)   This chapter requires the use of best management practices, which provide specific management guidelines to minimize negative secondary and cumulative environmental effects associated with the misuse of fertilizers. These secondary and cumulative effects have been observed in and on natural and constructed stormwater conveyances, rivers, creeks, canals, springs, lakes, and other water bodies. Collectively, these water bodies are an asset critical to the environmental, recreational, cultural, and economic well-being of city residents and the health of the public in general.
   (C)   Overgrowth of algae and vegetation hinder the effectiveness of flood attenuation provided by natural and constructed stormwater conveyances. Regulation of nutrients, including both nitrogen and phosphorus contained in fertilizer, will help improve and maintain water and habitat quality.
(Ord. 1569, passed 7-27-17)