U.S. House passes NPDES fix bill
On May 24, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 897 under regular order by a vote of 258-156. The bill, formerly known as the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015, was recently renamed the Zika Vector Control Act. H.R. 897 clarifies Congressional intent regarding regulation of the use of pesticides for control of exotic diseases such as Zika virus and West Nile virus, as well as for other lawful pesticide uses in or near navigable waters. GCSAA will continue to push for passage of the NPDES fix legislation as the bill moves to the Senate.
Equipment manager has the need for speed
Heath Bronkema, golf course equipment manager at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club is living life to the fullest. Bronkema can be found Fridays at the Kalamazoo Speedway racing and another 150 nights a year playing in the band Bronk Bros. with GCSAA board member John Fulling, CGCS. Bronkema will be will be featured on this week’s “Katrek and Maginnes on Tap” show on SiriusXM radio (xm 92 or sirius 208). You can also listen to the Bronk Bros. here.
Submit a Distinguished Service Award nomination by July 31
Nominations are now open for the 2016 Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the golf course superintendent's profession. Individuals must be nominated by a GCSAA member, an affiliated chapter or a qualified golf association. Nominations are due July 31.