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Lake looks to preserve waterways with fertilizer regulations

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In an effort to preserve wetlands, Lake County commissioners are considering whether to enforce tougher rules for homeowners whose lawn fertilizer is being washed into rivers and lakes.

If approved, Lake would become the second Central Florida county to enact stricter fertilizing rules this year. Seminole enacted a similar ordinance in February. Commissioners voted this week to advertise a public hearing April 18 to get input from residents on the proposed measure.

The new rules, planned to take effect July 1, would create a no-fertilizing buffer around waterways and ban products containing nitrogen and phosphorous during heavy-rain warnings. Rainfall causes the chemicals to wash into lakes and streams, spurring algae growth that chokes out plants and leaves an unsightly green sheen.