I live in a small town in CT. We have a 144 acre parcel of open space, which contains a resevoir, which is no longer used as such. The city wishes to put a few athletic fields on the property, and there is widespread concern about fert. and pest. runoff, especially into nearby wells. The town had an environmental review done, and it was stated in the review that "the fields will have a noticeable environmental impact", but "using the unfiltered water for irrigation would act as a natural fertilizer and reduce or eliminate the need for fertilizers." Here is the problem: This is being brought infront of the city boards, and I am preparing a dissertation on the NEED for fert and pest. on heavily used fields. One of the complaints of the city is their existing fields are being overused and are in poor condition, but in reality, 90% of their problems are due to improper maintenance.(Wrong cutting height, improper irrigation...maint. is done by city employees.) I need to bring in front of the board the point that in order to have decent, heavily used fields, some fertilizers and pesticides will have to be used, otherwise these new fields will also be in poor condition. Based on the responses to this thread, I am planning on reading this, along with my notes to the city board, so if you can please state your "credentials" that would be great. By the way, I am not looking to gain a maintenance contract from the new fields, I am trying to stop them. Thanks for listening.