Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

PLANET Legislative Updates

Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

PLANET Legislative Updates

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Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) represents the maximum amount of a pollutant, including lawn fertilizer, that a body of water may receive and still meet its water quality standards with a margin of safety. The Chesapeake Bay's TMDL will be closely coordinated with implementation plans and actions, backed by a series of two-year commitments and strong accountability provisions to assure progress. It will be the largest and most complex monitoring of TMDL ever, involving interstate waters and the effects on water quality from the cumulative impact of more than 17 million people, 88,000 farms, 483 significant treatment plants, thousands of smaller facilities, and many other sources in the 64,000-square-mile watershed. The TMDL will allocate loadings of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment to all jurisdictions in the bay's watershed, including New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The International Green Construction Code (IGCC)

By now, most in the green industry have heard of the LEED program and the Sustainable Site Initiative, which include lawn and landscape standards that are voluntary. But, have you heard of the International Green Construction Code being written by the International Code Council, Inc.? The council crafts model codes that are adopted by counties and cities, and that become mandatory for buildings and now landscapes. It now has a draft code for turf-grass, 402.3.5.7, that states:

A maximum of 40 percent of the vegetated area of the building site shall he planted with turfgrass. Calculations of the percentage shall not include vegetated roof areas, areas not external to the building, or areas not on the ground plane of the building.

How would you like to see that code enforced in your local service area? …

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