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                                                              Our Village Voice

        VOL. 30 NO. 7                                                                                  JULY 2019

      Town Of Jupiter News

      Rainy Season Fertilizer Ban                        during this time, the potential for nutrients found in fertilizers to for a list of acceptable fertilizers.
        Jupiter’s natural water resources                become harmful runoff that would be detrimental to our water   Residents
      provide us with many benefits. In                  quality is much greater during those months. The fertilizer ban     The new ordinance also applies to residents who maintain
      addition to their natural beauty,                  is a best management practice to combat the negative impacts   their own lawns. The ban stems from certain nutrients (nitrogen
      they supply water for natural                      associated with nutrient pollution.               and phosphorus) that are typically used in commercial fertilizers
      areas, wetlands, habitats, and                     Businesses                                        that can become harmful runoff detrimental to our water quality.
      irrigation, and offer residents and visitors activities such     Farms, golf courses and specialized turf areas (such as   Common fertilizers available at home improvement and lawn
      as fishing, boating, paddling, kayaking and swimming.   athletic fields) are exempt from the proposed restrictions but are   care stores most likely contain the harmful ingredients and are
      Maintaining and preserving this important resource is everyone’s   encouraged to be judicious about fertilizer application during the   subject to the ban. However, there are alternative fertilizers
      responsibility, which is why the Jupiter Town Council, at a special   rainy season. Landscape and lawn care businesses that operate   that can be used without the risk of harmful runoff. Visit www.
      meeting in October 2018, passed an ordinance prohibiting the   in Jupiter should take note of the ban. Alternative fertilizers for a list of acceptable fertilizers.
      use of fertilizers during Jupiter’s rainy season, which runs from   that do not contain certain nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus)     Contact the Stormwater Department at (561) 741-2705 if you
      June 1 through Sept. 30. Due to the increase in precipitation   can be used without the risk of harmful runoff. Visit www.  have any questions.

                                                         fire suppressants and stain-
                                                         resistant fabrics.  They
                                                         are known as “forever
                                                         chemicals” because they
                                                         stay in the soil and water for
                                                         long periods of time – and do
                                                         not break down naturally. 1
      Drinking Water For Millions                          The EPA has long
                                                         promised to set safety
      Of Americans Is Threatened                         standards and  address the
                                                         widespread contamination
      By Contamination With                              caused by PFAS but has failed                       Long-term exposure to these chemicals has been associated
                                                                                                           with health problems, including thyroid disease, weakened
                                                         to effectively regulate these
      “Forever Chemicals”                                dangerous chemicals. 2,3,4,5                      immunity and certain cancers.
                                                           The time is up for the EPA to act. Tell Congress to protect   Protect Our Drinking Water
      By Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director,             our drinking water and take strong action on the public health     There are several bills already in Congress that would address
      Food & Water Watch                                 threat from PFAS.                                 the threat of PFAS. In the absence of EPA action, we need our
        No one’s health should be threatened by their drinking     Water contamination from PFAS poses a huge public   Senators and Representatives to support legislation that:
      water. But, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)   health problem that is affecting communities in every part     • Stops the production of new sources of PFAS chemicals,
      failure to set enforceable safety standards for PFAS does just   of the country. Forty-three states have some sort of PFAS     • Cleans up the sources of contamination and contaminated
      that. PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are   contamination, and these chemicals are now being found in our   water supplies,
      manmade chemicals used in nonstick pans, food packaging,   food! 6,7                                   • Makes the polluter pay for water contamination cleanup,
                                                                                                           including the military, which is responsible for many
      Chief’s Corner                                                                                       contaminated sites around the country, and
                                                                                                             • Sets enforceable standards for drinking water for the entire
                                                                                                           class of PFAS chemicals.
      Dear Resident,                                     fatalities. In 2018 we had four traffic crash fatalities from January     Everyone deserves clean water. We need to push our
        Traffic safety education                         through May compared to one fatality during the same period in   Representatives and Senators to pass legislation that will protect
      and enforcement of traffic                         2019.                                             our water. Send a message demanding action to address the
      laws remains one of our major                        In addition, Driving Under the Influence (DUI)-related   public health threat posed by PFAS chemicals by visiting our
      priorities within the Town of                      crashes have also decreased by 31.3 percent. In the first five   website at
      Jupiter. As part of this priority,                 months of 2019 we reported 22 DUI crashes compared to 32      1. These Chemicals Are Forever: Water Contamination from PFOA,
      we implemented a designated                        DUI-related crashes in the same five months last year.  PFOS and other PFASs. Food & Water Watch, February 2019.
                                                                                                             2. ‘Not a problem you can run away from’: Communities confront the
      traffic unit to allow us to focus                    Our goal is to continue to decrease traffic crashes from     threat of unregulated chemicals in their drinking water. The Washington
      on our traffic-related strategic                   occurring within the Town. Through high visibility, education,   Post, Jan. 2, 2019.
      initiatives and to promote                         and enforcement we will strive for continued safety of everyone      3. Critics say EPA action plan on toxic ‘forever chemicals’ falls short. The
      the safety of our motorists,                       who utilizes our roadways.                        Washington Post, Feb. 14, 2019.
                                                                                                             4. The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan. AP News,
      bicyclists, and pedestrians.                         I hope you will visit us on our website at    Feb. 14, 2019.
        In fact, the number of traffic crashes from January to May of   jpd and on Facebook @JupiterPolice to learn about new and      5. Suppressed Study: The EPA Underestimated Dangers of Widespread
      2019 compared to the same time period in 2018, have decreased   happening events within the Town of Jupiter.  Chemicals. ProPublica, June 20, 2018.
      14.9 percent which equates to 154 less crashes town-wide.                                 Sincerely,     6. Lawmakers at odds over how to tackle spread of harmful chemicals
        As a result of this decline in traffic crashes, there has also                       Daniel J. Kerr,  in water. The Hill, May 15, 2019.

                                                                                                             7. FDA: Sampling finds toxic nonstick compounds in some food. SF Gate,
      been a 75 percent decrease in the number of traffic crash-related                      Chief of Police  June 3, 2019.
                                                                                 Call Jupiter Police
                                                                                   to report suspicious activity.
                                                                                       (561) 799-4445.
                                                                                      The sooner called
                                                                                    the sooner they can help.
                                                                                   911 is for emergencies only.
                                                                                   Keep cars and house locked.
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