Media Release

Earth Day Countdown - Landscape Irrigation and Fertilizer Codes Update

Sunday, April 18, 2010 8:45 AM

4 Days until Earth Day.

Driven by the County Commission's Guiding Vision, everyday is Earth Day in Alachua County.  In April, each day leading up to Earth Day (April 22), the County will be highlighting programs, services, and strategies designed to lead Alachua County into a more sustainable future.

To view all "Earth Day Countdown" press releases on the County's Facebook page, click here and click on the Earth Day tab at the top of the page.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) has launched a new website to provide information on two recently adopted Codes by the County:  the fertilizer application and the landscape irrigation codes.

"These new County Codes are important tools to help reduce impacts of residential and commercial landscapes on our local creeks, lakes, and springs," said Chris Bird, Director of the Environmental Protection Department.

The Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code provides standards for the timing of fertilizer application, training and licensing requirements, fertilizer application rates and fertilizer-free zones.  The new County website contains information on the code requirements, links to upcoming training and a list of business that have completed the required training.  For

Click here for more information about the Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code.

The Irrigation Conservation Standards and Management Practices Code adopts the existing requirements of the St. John and Suwannee River Water Management Districts. Currently, landscape irrigation is allowed twice a week with no irrigation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Click here for more information about the Irrigation Conservation Standards and Management Practices Code.

For more information, contact Gus Olmos, ACEPD Environmental Program Supervisor at 352-264-6806 or

40 Days of Change - For more information concerning events on and leading up to Earth Day, go to the University of Florida, Office of Sustainability's "40 Days of Change" website by clicking here.



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