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Scotts Fertilizer Proposal for Phosphorous Reduction


									Scott’s Proposal for
Phosphorous Reduction in

Prepared by Heidi Bonnaffon
WRTC Meeting
May 11, 2006
 The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Nutrient
  Subcommittee (NSC),
 Businesses for the Bay, and
 the CSREES/Land Grant University Mid Atlantic
  Water Quality Program (MAWQP)
have worked with Scotts for ~ 2 years to
reduce nutrient loss from “do it yourself” (DIY) lawn
fertilizer application.
Background on Fertilizer Loads
    Urban nonpoint sources and account for
       ~1/4 phosphorus reaching the Bay

       ~1/8 nitrogen reaching the Bay

    Retrofitting urban storm water is costly and new growth is
     increasing urban loads

    Targeting fertilizers may be the most efficient way to address
     urban non-point pollution.
                              Home Lawn Care
                         Number of Home Lawns (millions)
Millions of Home Lawns

                               40       50% Do

                                                10                       10
                                                           1      1

                              None        1       2      3       4       Lawn
                              - - - D.I.Y. Applications Per Year - - -   Service
                            Home Lawn Care – 2
Total Number of Applications (millions)

 Millions of Applications



                            5                                3       4

                                 None        1       2      3       4
                                 - - - D.I.Y. Applications Per Year - - -
   National Bag Sales: 35 million
   Avg. # Applications: 1.8 per year

   Unit Sales by State:
   Maryland --- 1 million bags
   Virginia --- 0.9 million bags

                                                                          Chesapeake Bay
                                                                           Fertilizer Sales

                            Scotts Lawns          % Sales in
                                                                         Nitrogen*         Phosphorus**
         State              Fertilizer Sold      CB Watershed
                           Millions of Pounds                        Millions of Pounds   Millions of Pounds

    Pennsylvania                 47.16                   50                 6.84                 0.71
       Maryland                  22.67                  100                 6.57                 0.68
        Virginia                 19.90                  100                 5.77                 0.60
       New York                  33.22                   10                 0.96                 0.10
       Delaware                   2.95                   50                 0.43                 0.04
    West Virginia                 2.20                    5                 0.03                 0.00
 District of Columbia             0.06                  100                 0.02                 0.00

         Total                   128.16                                    20.62                 2.13

* 29% average nitrogen concentration in fertilizers sold.
** 3% average phosphorus (P2O5) concentration in fertilizers sold.
Scotts Proposal
   The Scotts Miracle Gro Co. has discussed with the CBP
    plans to reduce the P in its commercial lawn products
    50% by 2009.
       Scotts expects other major fertilizer companies to change their formulas
        as a result of market pressure.
       Over time, Scotts plans to address N reduction in their fertilizers.

   Could equate ~1 million Ibs/year P reduction in lawn
    applications in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
NSC Recommendations to Principal
Staff Committee
  Chesapeake      Bay Program should enter into an
  agreement with the “Do It Yourself” (DIY) lawn
  fertilizer industry, led by The Scotts Miracle-Gro
  Company, to:
    1. endorse a 50% reduction in phosphorus in their
      bagged DIY fertilizer lines
    2. initiate discussions on nitrogen content and form
      in DIY lawn fertilizers
    3. work with the DIY lawn fertilizer industry and
      major retail outlets to educate the public at the
      point of sale on proper methods of fertilizer
Next Steps for CBP
  Charge     the Implementation Committee, through a
   cooperative effort of the NSC, B4B, MAWQP and
   Scotts/RISE, with drafting the proposed agreement
   and the point of sale education program.
  Campaign will be unveiled at the Executive Council
   Meeting, with roll out at retail outlets Spring 2007.
  It is further recommended that The Scotts Miracle-Gro
   Company be recognized at the Executive Council for
   their proactive leadership in this effort.
Potential Roles for COG
   The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is also interested in ways to
    partner with local governments.

   Representatives of Scott’s will brief COG’s Chesapeake Bay
    Policy Committee at its May 19 meeting.
Recommended Actions for CBPC
   Sign an agreement between industry and COG member
    governments pledging to work together to minimize
    potential for pollution.

   Local governments could conduct outreach/education
    that Scotts and the rest of the commercial lawn care
    industry have researched and are advocating.
        NVRC Radio ad campaign vehicle or individually by local
Recommended Actions for CBPC
   Demonstrate the use of reduced P fertilizers on county-
    owned or city-owned properties, and possibly other
    lawns with high-visibility.
     As part of demonstration projects or other activities, conduct research
      into the water quality impacts of following innovative lawn care
     Universities with demo plots showing lawn care and nutrient reduction
      results of lower P (lower N)

   Potentially arrange industry training courses for county
    and city employees (or their contractors) on how to
    correctly apply fertilizers.

   Others?


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