Staff continues to monitor and take action on fertilizer issues and is working with members to provide information on BMPs for golf courses to lawmakers and regulators and help members and chapters develop formal statewide golf specific BMPs programs.
GCSAA members in Deleware, Maryland, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia formed a small, informal stakeholder group in the spring of 2010 to respond in a coordinated fashion to federal, state and local Chesapeake Bay watershed cleanup initiatives.
In April 2010, GCSAA submitted comments to the U.S. EPA on the Executive Order 13508 Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Section 502 Guidance: Federal Land Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
In 2012, GCSAA members in the Northeast actively participated in the Northeast Voluntary Turf Fertilizer Initiative whose goal is to develop mutually agreeable voluntary guidelines on the formulation, labeling and application of turf fertilizer for the Northeast region.
In 2013, GCSAA members worked with state and local officials on nutrient pollution issues in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; worked with the West Virginia EPA on the development of a fertilizer education program as part of ongoing efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed; and continued to respond to city and county fertilizer bans throughout Florida.
In 2014, special attention was focused on fertilizer issues in Toledo, Ohio; Florida; and North Carolina.
In 2014, GCSAA Government Relations staff provided a national overview on nutrient regulation at the Indiana GCSA Golf Course Workshop: Conservation Best Management Practices.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes. During FY15 -19, federal agencies will continue to use Great Lakes Restoration Initiative resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem. GCSAA is working with its chapters in the region to monitor this Initiative and identify any impacts to golf courses.
GCSAA is closely monitoring the cleanup of the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone and associated lawsuits and working with chapters in the 31 states within the Mississippi River Basin to develop BMP programs.
During 2016, GCSAA and the USGA worked with the University of Florida to develop a BMPs Planning Guide for official release at the 2017 Golf Industry Show.