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By: William F. Galvin - Cape Cod Chronicle
HARWICH — The board of health is putting the finishing touches on a fertilizer and nutrient control regulation and will hold a public hearing in January before implementing the measure.
The town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan calls for fertilizer and nutrient control regulations a way of reducing the amount of nitrogen entering watersheds and eventually reaching and adversely impacting the marine environment.
“The Massachusetts Estuaries Program has found that fertilizer accounts for an important portion of controllable nitrogen load in Cape Cod watersheds,” the proposed regulation reads. “Excessive nitrogen from fertilizers and other watershed sources leads to eutrophication of marine embayments. Other studies have demonstrated that phosphorus from fertilizer can lead to eutrophication in freshwater ponds.