This week, the EPA and the Department of the Army have proposed the long-anticipated replacement for the 2015 Clean Water Rule (commonly known as WOTUS). GCSAA has led opposition in the golf industry to WOTUS because of the devastating economic impact it would have on the game. If implemented, projects vital to golf course operations, such as planting trees and installing drainage, would be at risk due to the lack of certainty as to whether a nearby river, stream, creek, wetland, pond or ditch falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government. GCSAA appreciates the next steps toward a common sense rule that clarifies federal jurisdiction over waterways while respecting the role that stakeholders — including golf and states — play in protecting them.
GCSAA Chief Executive Officer Rhett Evans said, "Our superintendents are committed environmental stewards who protect the quality of waterways by applying physical, agronomic and environmental best management practices, such as correct mowing, Integrated Pest Management, nutrient management and other environmental practices. GCSAA support efforts to follow the principles of cooperative federalism under the Clean Water Act by working with all stakeholders, including golf course superintendents, to write a better rule."
GCSAA will continue to work with federal decision-makers on behalf of golf course management and lead the comment-making process to the replacement rule and work with stakeholders across the industry to develop comments. The association will also work with superintendents to make sure they are a part of this process and that golf's voice is being heard.
The agencies will take comment on the proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Upon review of the above materials provided by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, please use the comment feature below to submit your questions to GCSAA's Government Affairs Team.