Fertilizer and Water Quality with Mark Slavens

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It’s Spring time and that means it’s time to fertilize your lawn. Mark Slavens of Scotts Miracle-Gro joins The Water Values Podcast to discuss how fertilizer affects water quality. Mark shares a tremendous amount of knowledge on fertilizers and tips to ensure that you aren’t contributing to water quality problems when fertilizing your lawn, as well as some practical advice on watering your lawn (hint: you probably don’t need to water your lawn as much as you do). Plus, Mark has a big announcement on a new partnership between Scotts Miracle-Gro and the Everglades Foundation that promotes water quality.

Reese Tisdale of Bluefield Research returns for another Bluefield on Tap segment where he discusses a number of recently closed water deals, including Suez’s acquisition of GE Water and EQT’s acquisition of Innovyze. This is a great opportunity to catch up on what’s been happening in the water M&A space.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Why water quality has traditionally been a bigger issue in the Eastern rather than the Western U.S.
  • The nutrients needed for a green lawn
  • The differnece beteween phosphorous and nitrogen in fertilizer
  • Why phosphorous is a bigger problem in the Midwest than in other parts of the country
  • How algal blooms form
  • Why prevention of water pollution is so important
  • The recovery time for polluted waters
  • The amount of water your lawn really needs
  • The new partnership between Scotts Miracle-Gro and the Everglades Foundation
  • The George Barley Water Prize

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