News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 1, 2013


Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for May 1, 2013. Coming up, learn about Fairfax County’s Environmental Excellence Awards, the Do Not Call Registry and healthy lawn care practices. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


Excellence always deserves recognition, and you can help recognize environmental leadership by nominating a person, organization or business for a Fairfax County Environmental Excellence award. This honor is given to those who give time and energy to benefit the environment, support county environmental efforts, or are a role model for others. The nomination deadline is May 31, and nomination forms and more information can be found online at


The federal government's National Do Not Call Registry is a free, easy way to reduce the telemarketing calls you get at home. To register your phone number or to get information about the registry, visit or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register. You will get fewer telemarketing calls within 31 days of registering your number. Telephone numbers on the registry will only be removed when they are disconnected and reassigned, or when you choose to remove a number from the registry. Meanwhile, the Direct Marketing Association has an Email Preference Service (eMPS) to help you reduce unsolicited commercial emails. To opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial email from DMA members, visit Registration is free and good for six years.


By using healthy lawn care practices, gardeners can eliminate the need for fertilizer. Gardeners waste money and injure their plants with too much or too many applications of fertilizer. Excess fertilizer washes off lawns and sidewalks into storm drains and streams and is a major source of water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The best way to determine if your lawn needs fertilizer is to test your soil. Soil test kits are available for about ten dollars from public libraries. More information on soil testing is available from your Fairfax County Virginia Cooperative Extension. For a free copy of “A Virginian’s Guide to Yard Care” call 703-324-1460, TTY 711. For more information about fertilizers and water pollution contact the staff of the Stormwater Planning Division at 703-324-5500, TTY 711, or email


Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at or text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404.

That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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