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Fertilizer ban in effect on Treasure Coast

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 18:58:06-04

June 1 marks the first day of a fertilizer ban on the Treasure Coast.

It's just another piece to the puzzle to prevent toxic algae blooms like the ones we saw just last summer.

Even with low Lake Okeechobee water levels. Martin County's Ecosystem Manager Deborah Drum knows a ban is crucial to prevent algae blooms.

"Can still get nutrients in the water body even without Lake O discharges," says Drum.

The law is designed to keep harmful nutrients from entering the beautiful waterways people live along on the Treasure Coast.

Drum hopes people obey the rules.

"Good community awareness. People are very aware of what happens in our water body. Everyone remembers in 2016," says Drum.

Irene Gomes at the Driftwood Motel lost thousands of dollars during the algae crisis of 2016. 

This year its a different story with a severe drought. However, she knows the ban is important.

"We need to pay attention to what's going on with the fertilizer and adhere to it," says Gomes.

The ban ends on September 30th.