senate Bill S2357A

Prohibits the application of certain lawn fertilizers to any watersheds and drainage basins in certain counties

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 16 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 25 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 25 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 2357A

Summary

Prohibits the application of lawn fertilizers that are labeled as containing more than zero percent phosphorous to any watersheds and drainage basins in certain counties where the county legislature has passed a local law relating thereto.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2607A
Versions:
S2357
S2357A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §33-1006, amd §71-2907, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3554A, A5670A
2009-2010: S6822, A9192

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BILL NUMBER:S2357A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to the application of lawn fertilizer to watersheds and
drainage basins

PURPOSE:

Prohibits the application of lawn fertilizers containing more than
zero percent phosphorus to any waters.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Adds a new Section 33-1006 to the environmental conservation law
defining terms and establishing provisions relating to the application
of lawn fertilizer to watersheds or drainage basins. Subdivision 1 of
Section 71-2907 of the environmental conservation law is amended to
set forth specific violation penalties.

JUSTIFICATION:

The ecological health, recreational quality and aesthetic value of
freshwater and marine environments is threatened when higher
concentrations of phosphates are introduced into waterways by storm
water runoff in drainage systems or as a non-point source of pollution
into groundwater. An excess of nutrients, such as phosphorus, can
increase the growth of algae and degrade the quality of water.
Prohibiting the application of lawn fertilizers containing more than
zero percent phosphorus to watersheds and drainage basins will help
protect the environmental and recreational quality of water resources
and contribute to the general health and welfare of the public.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12 S.3554A;
2010 S.6822

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 2357--A                                            A. 2607--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                            January 16, 2013
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental
  Conservation  -- recommitted to the Committee on Environmental Conser-
  vation  in  accordance  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

IN  ASSEMBLY  -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred
  to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- recommitted  to  the
  Committee  on  Environmental  Conservation in accordance with Assembly
  Rule  3,  sec.  2  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the
  application of lawn fertilizer to watersheds and drainage basins

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
new section 33-1006 to read as follows:
S 33-1006. APPLICATION OF LAWN  FERTILIZER  TO  WATERSHEDS  OR  DRAINAGE
             BASINS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES.
  1.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE
FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  A. "AGRICULTURE USES"  MEANS  BEEKEEPING,  DAIRYING,  EGG  PRODUCTION,
FLORICULTURE,  FISH OR FUR FARMING, FOREST AND GAME MANAGEMENT; GRAZING;
LIVESTOCK RAISING; ORCHARDS; PLANT GREENHOUSES  AND  NURSERIES;  POULTRY
RAISING;  RAISING  OF  GRAIN,  GRASS,  MINT  AND  SEED CROPS; RAISING OF
FRUITS, NUTS, BERRIES, SOD FARMING AND VEGETABLE RAISING.
  B. "LAWN FERTILIZER" MEANS ANY FERTILIZER, WHETHER APPLIED BY PROPERTY
OWNER, RENTER OR COMMERCIAL ENTITY, INTENDED  FOR  NONAGRICULTURAL  USE,
SUCH  AS  FOR LAWNS, GOLF COURSES, PARKS AND CEMETERIES. LAWN FERTILIZER

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06143-02-4

S. 2357--A                          2                         A. 2607--A

DOES NOT INCLUDE FERTILIZER PRODUCTS INTENDED PRIMARILY  FOR  GARDEN  OR
INDOOR USE.
  2. A. EFFECTIVE MARCH FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, IN ANY COUNTY WHERE
THE  COUNTY  LEGISLATURE  HAS ADOPTED A LOCAL LAW, NO PERSON SHALL APPLY
ANY LAWN FERTILIZER WITHIN ANY  WATERSHED  OR  DRAINAGE  BASIN  THAT  IS
LABELED  AS  CONTAINING  MORE  THAN  ZERO  PERCENT PHOSPHORUS, EXCEPT AS
PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION.
  B. IN SUCH COUNTY, NO LAWN FERTILIZER SHALL BE APPLIED WHEN THE GROUND
IS FROZEN.
  C. IN SUCH COUNTY, NO PERSON SHALL APPLY LAWN FERTILIZER TO ANY IMPER-
VIOUS SURFACE INCLUDING PARKING LOTS, ROADWAYS, AND SIDEWALKS.  IF  SUCH
APPLICATION  OCCURS,  THE  FERTILIZER  SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM
SUCH SURFACES AND EITHER LEGALLY APPLIED TO TURF OR PLACED IN AN  APPRO-
PRIATE CONTAINER.
  3.  THE RESTRICTIONS UPON THE USE OF LAWN FERTILIZER UNDER SUBDIVISION
TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO:
  A. NEWLY ESTABLISHED TURF OR LAWN AREAS  DURING  THEIR  FIRST  GROWING
SEASON.
  B. TURF OR LAWN AREAS THAT SOIL TESTS, PERFORMED WITHIN THE PAST THREE
YEARS BY A STATE CERTIFIED SOIL TESTING LABORATORY OR OTHER QUALIFIED OR
RECOGNIZED  AUTHORITY  IN  THE  AREA OF SOIL ANALYSIS, CONFIRM ARE BELOW
PHOSPHORUS LEVELS ESTABLISHED BY THE CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION.  THE
LAWN  FERTILIZER  APPLICATION  SHALL NOT CONTAIN AN AMOUNT OF PHOSPHORUS
EXCEEDING THE AMOUNT AND RATE OF APPLICATION  RECOMMENDED  IN  THE  SOIL
TEST EVALUATION.
  C.  AGRICULTURAL USES, VEGETABLE AND FLOWER GARDENS, OR APPLICATION TO
TREES OR SHRUBS.
  D. YARD WASTE COMPOST, BIO-SOLIDS OR OTHER SIMILAR MATERIALS THAT  ARE
PRIMARILY  ORGANIC  IN  NATURE  AND  ARE APPLIED TO IMPROVE THE PHYSICAL
CONDITION OF THE SOIL.
  4. EFFECTIVE MARCH FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, ALL  VENDORS  OF  LAWN
FERTILIZER  WITHIN  ANY  SUCH COUNTY SHALL DISPLAY A MAP OF THE AFFECTED
WATERSHED OR DRAINAGE BASIN AND A SIGN  CONTAINING  THE  PROVISIONS  SET
FORTH IN THIS SECTION AND THE EFFECTS OF PHOSPHORUS ON SUCH WATERSHED OR
DRAINAGE  BASIN.  ALL  VENDORS SHALL OFFER FERTILIZER THAT IS LABELED AS
CONTAINING 0% PHOSPHORUS.
  S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 71-2907 of the  environmental  conserva-
tion  law  is  amended by adding a new undesignated paragraph to read as
follows:
  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY PERSON
WHO VIOLATES SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION 33-1006 OF THIS CHAPTER  IN  THE
APPLICATION  OF LAWN FERTILIZER AT HIS OR HER RESIDENCE SHALL BE SUBJECT
TO A CIVIL INFRACTION PENALTY OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER VIOLATION.  ANY
COMMERCIAL  FERTILIZER  APPLICATOR, RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPER,
INDUSTRIAL OR COMMERCIAL OWNER, AND ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES  SUBDIVISION
TWO  OF  SECTION  33-1006  OF  THIS  CHAPTER SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL
INFRACTION PENALTY OF TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST VIOLATION WITHIN
A TWELVE MONTH  PERIOD;  THREE  HUNDRED  FIVE  DOLLARS  FOR  THE  SECOND
VIOLATION WITHIN A TWELVE MONTH PERIOD; AND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THE
THIRD AND EACH SUBSEQUENT VIOLATION WITHIN A TWELVE MONTH PERIOD.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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