Most commonly used pesticides are harmful to our health, our kids health, and our pets health. Studies show a direct correlation between pesticide exposure and the development of cancers in children, such as leukemia, tumors and disease. Pesticides and phosphorus and nitrogen-based fertilizers also pollute drinking water supplies.
NJEF has helped hundreds of towns pass Pesticide Free Zone and Integrated Pest Management policies. In addition, we have helped reduce fertilizer pollution in Barnegat Bay and other statewide waters. Right now, we are working to get the Safe Playing Fields Act (S1143/A2412) signed into law in 2012. This bill will stop the use of the most toxic pesticides where kids play. Pesticides have been linked to cancer, asthma, and other respiratory disorders-our kids shouldn't be playing in it. The bill has passed three committees with overwhelming bi-partisan support and has over 60 sponsors. We need Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Oliver to let this bill be heard.
In January 2011, we were successful in getting Governor Christie to sign one of the strongest fertilizer bills in the nation into law, a tremendous victory for Barnegat Bay and New Jerseys Waters.
The use of fertilizers containing phosphorus, and their eventual presence in stormwater runoff, constitutes a threat to New Jerseys water quality. Phosphorus fertilizers often end up on impervious surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways, causing direct polluted runoff into sewers and then out to rivers, streams and lakes.
There are two ways you can help protect NJ's waterways and keep your lawns health. 1) Select a low or no phosphorus fertilizer designed for lawns and 2) Apply it to your lawn properly.
Follow these lawn care best practices to do your part to improve the quality of NJ's water:
Concern with excess nutrient runoff has led a number of NJ municipalities and counties to ban or restrict phosphorus fertilizers. If your town or county has not done so, please print out our sample ordinance and ask that your municipality pass it. Print out the model
Composting is good for the environment, reduces waste, and beneficial to your lawn, garden and soil! Print out ourfor more information!
Listed below are towns/schools/counties that have adopted a PFZ resolution and/or designated parks as PFZ. 37 total as of August 2010. *Denotes towns that have natural organic policies (natural organic for fertilizer as well as pest management).
Cape May County