Area of focus: Water quality
Golf facilities use nutrients to manage turfgrass and provide quality playing surfaces, which provide social, economic and environmental values within communities and watersheds. Across the U.S., on the federal and state level, authorities are enacting regulations designed to protect surface and groundwater or to help the states meet mandatory water quality standards to reduce pollutants.
The golf community has been actively involved in helping shape these new regulations. For example, many superintendents and their chapters are serving as a resource to the EPA and other agencies in the development of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) initiative, which is expected to serve as a model for others to follow.
The industry’s engagement in all of these initiatives has something in common – our ability to cite university research and best management practices about turfgrass and golf course operations. We can demonstrate through these resources that golf courses, incorporating best management practices, can prevent water pollution and contribute to their watersheds.
Information about golf courses and nutrient use
To provide a comprehensive look at the way nutrients are applied and managed at golf facilities, the EIFG – with the help of the Toro Giving Program –- funded the GCSAA Environmental Profile. The third report in the series outlines the types of nutrients applied, how application decisions are made, nutrient management plans, as well as fertilizer storage and equipment calibration.