Protect Our Ponds


Grass Clippings are Harmful to Our Ponds

Make sure that you or your lawn care professional blow all grass clippings back into your yard.  When clippings enter the storm drains, not only can they clog the drains which can cause flooding during heavy rains, but can also end up in our ponds which can cause algae blooms and fish kills. Grass clippings are full of nutrients and are great for a greener, healthier lawn. However, these same nutrients are harmful to stormwater retention areas. Please take a moment to watch this educational video by clicking on the image:


University of Florida Research Survey Results

In late 2013, University of Florida researchers surveyed Lakewood Ranch residents regarding stormwater ponds. In July 2014, the researchers presented their results to the community. Click here to view the researchers' presentation.


Stormwater retention ponds are not just pretty, they perform a very special task that helps the environment. These ponds act as "filtration systems" for stormwater as it makes its way to our rivers and bays. Do your part to make sure they stay healthy and clean.


Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance

On June 1, 2012, Manatee County's Fertilizer Ordinance (Ordinance # 11-21) went into effect.  This ordinance applies to anyone who applies fertilizer to lawns and common areas such as residents, landscapers, pest control firms, and others.  Click the links below to read the ordinance and the ordinance summary published by Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.


Manatee County Fertilizer Brochure

Fertilizer Ordinance Summary

Manatee County Ordinance 11-21


If you hire landscape services that include fertilizer applications, make sure your landscape professional has received a "Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer" license through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).  Check their vehicle for the "Trained and Certified" sticker to be sure your landscaper has complied. 


  Information on Certification Process and List of Certified Professionals

Stop the Poo-lution!

Pet waste can cause harmful fecal coliform bacteria and excess nutrients to enter our stormwater retention ponds causing algae blooms and fish kills.  This waste can also enter our major waterways such as the Braden River, the Manatee River, and Sarasota Bay.  These waterways are used for recreational swimming as well as for drinking water sources for our area.  Do your part and pick up after your pet.

To watch a video on how pet waste pollutes our waterways, click on the link below:

Facts About Pet Waste from Pooches for the Planet (

  • An average size dog dropping produces 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria.

  • Research has shown that up to 95% of the fecal coliform found in urban stormwater comes from animals.

  • Observations of people walking their pets in public areas show that men are less likely to pick up after their dogs than women.

  • A national survey shows that 38% of dog owners don't clean up after their pets.

  • Four out of 10 households have a dog.

  • America's 71 million dogs produce 29,000 tons of waste each day!