Advocacy Success Stories

GCSAA works year-round advocating and lobbying to ensure that lawmakers are informed about legislative and regulatory issues impacting golf facilities. Through the Grassroots Ambassador Program and GCSAAPAC, GCSAA is able to educate lawmakers and support those who support its Priority Issues Agenda. Find out more through GCSAA advocacy success stories.

WOTUS Rule Replacement

On Jan. 23, 2020, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released the final Navigable Waters Protection Rule, redefining WOTUS.

Georgia Senate Applauds Superintendents

The Georgia Senate praised the Georgia GCSA for developing a manual detailing maintenance practices that serve golf’s environmental compatibility.

New Hampshire Bill HB 646

New Hampshire House Bill 646, “relative to labeling, signage, and restrictions on the sales and use of bee-toxic pesticides”, defines and restricts the use of bee-toxic pesticides which affect all species of pollinators and requires certain state agencies to publish best practices for transitioning away from these pesticides. After a 13-6 vote in the Environment and Agriculture Committee, New Hampshire will complete a 2020 study before taking further action on the bill. This comes after a coordinated effort from GCSAA members in New Hampshire and RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment). While the bill is still live, the study will allow lawmakers to be properly informed.

Cactus and Pine GCSA Water Summit

The Cactus and Pine GCSA’s 2019 Water Summit discussed the state of water use and management in Arizona’s golf industry. The fifth annual summit included Rusty Bowers, Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives; Lisa Atkins, Central Arizona Project board president and Arizona land commissioner; and many more leaders in state and water agencies. Watch video of Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) at the event.

Ambassador Academy with Speaker Boehner

John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Michael Lee, GCSAA manager, government affairs, trained more than 150 GCSAA Grassroots Ambassadors at Ambassador Academy, Part 1, during the 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando. At the ambassador-only event, Boehner shared stories and answered questions ranging from his time in politics to his love for golf.