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