Protecting Our Water

Regulations and Ordinances

Clean Water Regulations

Citywide Fertilizer Ordinance

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Countywide Fertilizer Regulation

Ordinance link


Statewide Fertilizer Restriction

Click here to see Phosphorus Fertilizer Restrictions for the State of Michigan.


The State of Michigan has passed a law banning the use of harmful phosphorus lawn fertilizers in order to protect our water resources. Check the label before buying fertilizer. The bag will show a series of three numbers. Look for the ZERO in the middle to find a phosphorus-free fertilizer that won’t pollute our water.


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The Battle Creek Clean Water Partnership is the City of Battle Creek; the City of Springfield; the Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner; the Calhoun County Road Department, the townships of Bedford, Emmett, Leroy, Newton, and Pennfield, the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek Area Schools and Lakeview Public Schools joining together with the common goal of protecting the waterways in our area.

Battle Creek Clean Water Partnership — Battle Creek Department of Public Works