The research says
- The Clean Water Act requires states, territories and authorized tribes (“states”) to establish water-quality standards, monitor and assess water quality, and develop plans to improve it. States must establish Total Maximum Daily Loads for polluted waters. Some states have been more vigilant than others.
- Best management practices are the shared language — the means recognized by regulators, conservationists, engineers and others as the means to driving improvements.
- To maintain the viability of the game of golf, GCSAA has set a goal of developing a BMP manual for each state in the U.S. by 2020.
- Developing BMP for golf courses for all 50 states will establish the golf industry’s position as a leader in environmental stewardship.
- BMP cover the gamut of golf course management, from planning design and construction to water, nutrient and integrated pest management to pollinator protection and energy management.
- When Florida developed its BMP manual, water was a primary concern: water quantity and quality (including point source and nonpoint source pollution).
- The turf industry has responded to water issues by developing drought-tolerant turfgrasses, embracing advances in irrigation technology, and reducing acreage of irrigated turf.