Urban Fertilizer Management

Turf covers nearly 4 million acres in the Chesapeake Bay, or just under ten percent of total watershed area (CSN, 2009). Surveys have indicated that perhaps as much 50% of the turf cover is regularly fertilized (CSN, 2009). So it makes sense that better urban fertilizer management practices can prevent pollutants from getting into the waterways in the first place.

The Chesapeake Bay Program recently hosted an ‘Expert Panel’ to determine the amount of credit that should be awarded for the use of Urban Nutrient Management as a stormwater management practice. The Panel recommendations were finalized and accepted in March 2013 and can be accessed below and on our website here.

U-5 Urban Nutrient Management Fact Sheet

A 'fact sheet' on using Urban Nutrient Management as an urban BMP in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Version august 2015 | Size (395 KB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Accounting Guidance for Meeting the Bay TMDL

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Urban Nutrient Management

The short report of the Chesapeake Bay Program approved recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Urban Nutrient Management. This version does not include the appendices.

Version march 25, 2014 | Size (2 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Technical Requirements for Entering the UNM Practice into Scenario Builder

Appendix F of the Urban Nutrient Management Expert Panel Recommendations

Version september 13, 2013 | Size (161 KB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

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

Urban Nutrient Management to Help Restore the Chesapeake Bay

Slides from the UNM Webcast on May 8, 2014.

Version final, may 9, 2014 | Size (2 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Basic Guidance

Bay-Friendly Lawn Care

This presentation goes through the 10 core practices that can make a lawn more Bay-Friendly as defined by the Urban Nutrient Management expert panel.

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Identification of High Risk Lawns for Water Quality: Guidance for Chesapeake Bay Communities

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for Chesapeake Bay communities to identify high risk lawns in order to target their Urban Nutrient Management practices and outreach to those sites where the greatest benefit can be achieved.

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Appendix B Public Lands Literature Review

Appendix B of the Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Urban Nutrient Management final report.

Version march 25, 2014 | Size (805 KB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Appendix C Sample Urban Nutrient Management Plan

Appendix C of the Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Urban Nutrient Management final report.

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New England Regional Nitrogen and Phosphorus Fertilizer and Associated Management Practice Recommendations For Lawns Based on Water Quality Considerations

Turfgrass Nutrient Management Bulletin B-0100, produced by the University of Connecticut, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources- January 2008.

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Technical Bulletin No 8: The Clipping Point

The Clipping Point: Turf Cover Estimates for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Management Implications

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Training Resources

[Webcast] Managing Nutrients in Residential and Recreational Areas

[Webcast] Managing Nutrients on Golf Courses

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

[Webcast] The State of Urban Nutrient Management

Additional Resources

CBP Expert Panel Literature Review: Urban Fertilizer Management

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