- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - The arrival of rainy season marks the beginning of a ban on fertilizer in Brevard County.

The ban runs from Monday through Sept. 30 for communities along the Indian River Lagoon. It was enacted after intense algae blooms led to widespread seagrass loss and the death of wildlife.

Florida Today (https://on.flatoday.com/1AI2GHV ) during the first summer of widespread bans last year manufacturers distributed almost two-thirds less fertilizer during peak months.

Local ordinances require slow-release nitrogen. Industry officials say some businesses are already selling new, more lagoon-friendly blends.

Melbourne City Engineer Jenni Lamb says fertilizing during rainy season and blowing grass clippings into streets and storm drains have been identified as some of the most harmful sources of pollution in the Indian River Lagoon.

Violators can face fines of several hundred dollars.

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Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), https://www.floridatoday.com

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