In 2006, GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf, and the USGA began funding a research project in 2006 to measure the impact of golf courses on surface and ground water. “A Critical Review of Water Quality Impacts by Golf Courses: Update and Trends," is a continuation of a previous national assessment published in the November 1997 issue of Golf Course Management and the Journal of Environmental Quality. The objective is to collect as much data as possible from golf facilities that are conducting surface and/or ground water monitoring projects and publish a critical review of the quality of surface and ground water as affected by golf courses.
In 2007, members of GCSAA’s water task groups completed development of a Water Fact Sheet to be distributed to recycled water suppliers to encourage them to take the necessary steps to ensure proper water quality for healthy turfgrass cultivation.
In July 2011, GCSAA submitted comments to EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on their draft guidance for determining whether a waterway, water body, or wetland is protected by the Clean Water Act.
During 2014, GCSAA lobbied in opposition to the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed Clean Water Rule that would make nearly every drop of water on a golf course property come under federal jurisdiction.
- GCSAA formed a golf industry stakeholder team including architects and builders to respond to the WOTUS rule.
- GCSAA conducted extensive direct lobbying and grassroots lobbying with a goal to have EPA withdraw the rule and work with stakeholders to develop a better proposal.
- GCSAA joined the Waters Advocacy Coalition along with six other leading golf organizations.
- In November 2014, the golf industry submitted formal comments on the WOTUS rule.
- GCSAA supported passage of H.R. 5078, which the House passed on Sept. 9, 2014.
During 2015, GCSAA lobbied in opposition to the Clean Water Rule including:
- GCSAA supported passage of H.R. 1732 (Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015) and S. 1140 (Federal Water Quality Protection Act).
- GCSAA hosted a Clean Water Rule webinar on July 28 with WAC attorney Deidre Duncan.
- GCSAA participated on the WAC’s WOTUS implementation subgroup.
- GCSAA met with EPA to discuss the impact of the WOTUS rule on golf properties.