Pervious lands comprise nearly 10% of the total watershed area of the Chesapeake Bay, of which about 80% is specifically devoted to home lawns. Better management of fertilizer and turf can help reduce nutrient runoff, especially from high-risk lawns. Combined with the lower phosphorus content in lawn fertilizer due to recent state laws,  developing and adhering to urban nutrient management plans can help reduce the amount of nutrients exported to the Bay.

Below are several resources, including the Expert Panel report on just how large a nutrient reduction can be achieved through improved urban nutrient management. Also, check out CSN’s Fact Sheet that summarizes the most important information from the report and provides guidance on how communities can get started!

U-5 Urban Nutrient Management Fact Sheet

Urban Nutrient Management Final Report(s)


Urban Nutrient Management Expert Panel Report: Final

Training Resources

The following training resources have been created for explaining the panel recommendations – enjoy!

[Webcast] Urban Nutrient Management to Help Restore the Chesapeake Bay

[Webcast] Managing Nutrients in Residential and Recreational Areas

[Webcast] Managing Nutrients on Golf Courses

[Webcast] The State of Urban Nutrient Management

[Webcast] Identifying and Targeting High Risk Turf Areas using GIS

Other Resources

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