(A)   Purpose. The city finds and determines that data indicate that water quality of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams and other waters may be maintained or improved where the city regulates the amount of lawn fertilizer and other chemicals entering such waters as a result of storm water runoff or other causes. The purpose of this section is to set forth regulations which will restrict the amount of fertilizers containing phosphorus which may be applied within the city.
(1992 Code, § 1052:00)
   (B)   Fertilizer content. No person, firm, corporation, franchise or a commercial or non-commercial applicator, including a homeowner and renter, shall apply any lawn fertilizer, liquid or granular, within the city which contains any amount of phosphorus or other compound containing phosphorus, such as phosphate, except:
      (1)   The naturally occurring phosphorus in unadulterated natural or organic fertilizing products such as yard waste compost; or
      (2)   As otherwise provided in division (C) below.
(1992 Code, § 1052:05)
   (C)   Exemption to phosphorus prohibition.
      (1)   The prohibition against the use of phosphorus shall not apply to:
         (a)   Newly established or developed turf and lawn areas during first growing season;
         (b)   Turf and lawn areas which soil tests confirm are below phosphorus levels established by the University of Minnesota Extension Services. The lawn fertilizer application shall not contain an amount of phosphorus exceeding the amount of phosphorus and the appropriate application rate recommended in the soil test evaluation; or
         (c)   Heavy use sports turf areas.
      (2)   Phosphorus applied as lawn fertilizer pursuant to the aforementioned exemptions shall be watered into the soil where it is immobilized and generally protected from loss of runoff.
   (D)   Effective date. The effective date of this section is 1-1-2004.
(1992 Code, § 1052:10)
(Ord. 1282, passed 6-17-2002) Penalty, see § 93.999