Commissioner Levine Cava Introduces Major Reform to Protect Biscayne Bay from Fertilizer Contamination

Author  Rachel Johnson

MIAMI-DADE – Today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava’s legislation regarding fertilizer usage on first reading, a major step forward for Bay protection. 

bibayPhoto: Miami Waterkeeper"I'm very proud that the Board unanimously passed my legislation to prevent fertilizer run-off into Biscayne Bay, one of the critical solutions that scientists and advocates agree is needed to reduce contamination and restore the health of the Bay," said Commissioner Levine Cava. "My ordinance will ban fertilizer application in the summer months, prohibit the application of fertilizer with phosphorous, and limit the use of nitrogen – three factors that pollute our waterways, contribute to seagrass die-off, and cause environmental problems like algae blooms. The coming weeks and months are critical if we are to turn the tide on the crisis in the Bay. This administration has delayed for far too long, and I will continue to fight as I have for years for swift, science-based action to protect the Bay and with it our public health, environment, and economy."