Implement Practices to Limit Outdoor Chemical Use and Storage
M3Implement Practices to Limit Outdoor Chemical Use and Storage
3 points possible
Why this matters to the lake?
The application of chemicals can result in increased pollutant loading in stormwater runoff to the lake. Fertilizers can increase nutrient levels leading to and increased algal growth that impacts water clarity and ecosystem balance. Pesticides and herbicides are harmful to aquatic life and beneficial microbes and bacteria in soils.
- Protect water quality by reducing nutrient and chemical pollution
- Protect aquatic and terrestrial organisms from harmful impacts of chemicals
- Protect beneficial characteristics of soils from harmful impacts of chemicals
Reduce or eliminate the need for outdoor chemicals, including pesticides and herbicides, for property maintenance through the use of native plants in landscapes, and minimizing lawn areas. Alternative methods include a lawn maintenance plan focusing on mulching grass clippings, aeration of lawn in the fall, and cultivation of local grass species. Visit the listing of NOFA Accredited Professionals to locate a certified professional in your area. Soil tests performed by a certified lab must be completed prior to the application of any fertilizer.
- Two points are awarded for a site that prohibits the use of outdoor chemicals including fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and implementation of natural lawn care best practices.
- One point is awarded for use of a NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP).
Include the following information with application:
✓ As a part of the Proposed Site Plan, include a landscaping maintenance plan detailing care provisions as well as a chemical storage plan.
- Submit NOFA Accredited Land Care Professional credentials, if applicable.
Turkey, Paul. The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn. Storey Publishing, LLC, 2007.
“Stop Using Fertilizers and Pesticides,” Do-It-Yourself Water Quality, A Landowner’s Guide to Property Management that Protects Lake George, 2010, The Fund for Lake George.
The Fund for Lake George and Lake George Waterkeeper provide a landowner’s guide to property management that protects the lake and surrounding environment.
- NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals Listing
Existing Regulatory Guidance/Requirements
Must comply with The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
- Pesticide Control Regulation
- Nutrient Runoff Law (ECL Article 17, Title 21)
Queensbury Specific Regulations:
- Local Law 5-2011 prohibits use within 50 feet of shoreline, and if applied over 100 square feet signs must be posted