Township of Liberty, NJ
Warren County
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A. 
It has been determined that the presence of phosphorus in lawn fertilizer (any substance used to increase soil fertility) near Township water bodies causes nonpoint source pollution, which is inimical to the general welfare.
B. 
It is the purpose of this article to prevent conduct that allows such lawn fertilizer containing phosphorus to be applied, thereby reducing nonpoint source pollution from stormwater runoff to Township lakes and streams.
A. 
No person, firm, franchise, or corporation shall apply liquid or granular lawn fertilizer that contains phosphorus.
B. 
Lawn fertilizer application shall not be made when the ground is frozen.
C. 
No person shall deposit leaves or other vegetative materials on roads or within any lake or stormwater drainage system.
D. 
Lawn fertilizer applications shall not be made within 10 feet of any lake or waterway.
A. 
Newly established turf areas shall not be limited by this article on the quantity of phosphorus for the first growing season.
B. 
Agricultural crops grown for commercial purposes shall be exempt.
The public analysis by any manufacturer of fertilizer shall be accepted by a court of comparable jurisdiction as admissible evidence of the phosphorus content of any fertilizer used.
This article shall be enforced by the State Police.
Any person who is guilty of application of residential lawn fertilizer in the manner described hereinabove shall be punished by a fine of not less than $5, and not more than $500.