Lawns and grassy areas in Maryland are a prime contributor of increased runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, but are fertilizer regulations on homeowners are often lax, according to a study by the Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center. When the lawn nutrients wash into the bay, pollution occurs. Not all agree that lawns are pollutants though. Turf acts as a filter and can "prevent damage to the bay," said the president of the Maryland Turfgrass Council.

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