Towns Rush To Get Fertilizer Policies Approved Before End of Year

fertilizerORLEANS – The Cape Cod Commission held a hearing yesterday regarding fertilizer restrictions in the town of Orleans.

Orleans is the latest town to meet with the commission in a rush to get policies on fertilizers in place by the end of the year, at which point any restrictions would be a state level decision.

The policies are look at as an easy fix for some of the region’s nitrogen loading issues.

“Nitrogen through fertilizer is really seen as a cost effective way to not deal with the nitrogen loading issue entirely on Cape Cod, but to deal with it in a cheaper way and potentially reducing the size of sewering footprints,” said the Commission’s Jon Idman.

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Barnstable, Brewster, Eastham, and Chatham will all be going before the commission before the end of the year regarding fertilizer-related policies.