Protection of the Indian River Lagoon

One of the New Smyrna Beach City Commission’s goals is protection of the Indian River Lagoon. This Estuary of National Significance is home to 35 threatened or endangered species. The City Commission is working with local and state agencies and the Marine Discovery Center on issues to protect the lagoon.

Summertime Fertilizer Ban

The Volusia County Council has adopted a summertime fertilizer ban and initiated other restrictions to protect the county’s waterways – including the Indian River Lagoon. (Download informational flyer.)

Ordinance 2014-09 applies to all homes and businesses in Volusia County, except those in Deltona and DeBary, which have their own fertilizer ordinances. Gardens and compost are exempt.

The new ordinance includes these provisions:

• The application of fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorous is prohibited from June 1 through Sept. 30 of each year.

• Fertilizer may not be applied within 15 feet of water bodies.

• The application of fertilizers containing phosphorous is prohibited unless a deficiency is verified.

• Fertilizer containing nitrogen may be applied only between Oct. 1 and May 31 and must contain no less than 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.

The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences offers tests for phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium content in soil. Forms are available at

For more information about fertilizer use and soil testing, call the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension at 386-822-5778.

Additional information is online and includes:

View Volusia County's complete fertilizer ordinance

Ordinance frequently asked questions

List of Summer-safe fertilizers 

Fertilizer ordinance background information 

For additional information on actions you can take to protect our lagoon, please visit the Marine Discovery Center’s website

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