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Comprehensive Plan of Action Item #3
Reduce Nutrient Pollution from Fertilizer

Action item 3 - Completed!

On January 5, 2011, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation that established the most restrictive standards in the nation for nitrogen content in fertilizer and application rates for use. The new law established a new content standard for fertilizer that reduces excess nutrient runoff into the Bay by decreasing the total amount of nitrogen in fertilizer and increasing the amount of slow release nitrogen as well as requiring a zero phosphorus content. Effective January 5, 2013, all fertilizer products for turf now contain at least 20 percent slow-release nitrogen, and zero phosphorus unless a soil test demonstrates a need for more.

The law also created a fertilizer application certification program for professional fertilizer applicators, operated through the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. The new certification program was launched by Rutgers University in late 2011.

For more information, contact: Kerry Kirk Pflugh, Manager, Constituent Relations, Office of Communications, 609-292-9954.

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