Pitch in to protect Barrington's public waters.
The Barrington Town Council has enacted Ordinance No. 2020-17 to conserve resources and protect our environment by regulating outdoor application of nitrogen and phosphorus-based fertilizers in order to reduce the overall amount of excess nitrogen and phosphorus entering the public waters.
You can do your part by protecting our waters through environmentally sound care of our lawns and gardens, and by adhering to a 2020 Town Ordinance limiting the use of certain fertilizers that degrade local waters within the Barrington-Palmer-Warren Rivers watershed.
Despite the many improvements that have been implemented to protect these waters, activities carried out within Barrington have resulted in substantial degradation of Barrington’s public waters.
This is an important step towards conserving resources, and we urge you to comply with the ordinance and help protect our environment.
- See the 2023 Notice to Residents regarding the Fertilizer Ordinance
Who Is Affected?
Usage of Nitrogen and Phosphorus (Controlled Nutrients)
1) Should be organic, slow-release, water-insoluble application.
2) Only be applied to turf and other plants at the lowest rate necessary:
Do Not Apply or Deposit Fertilizer
- Agriculture and horticulture uses.
- Gardens, including vegetable and flower, trees, shrubs and indoor applications including greenhouses.
- In the first growing season, establishment of new vegetation or repairing of turf following substantial damage.
- Yard waste compost or other similar materials primarily organic in nature and applied to improve physical condition of soil.