Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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01.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 125 wastes; stormwater runoff, etc.) and to deter- mine what actions were being taken to miti- gate the problem. Florida golf course superintendents and UF/IFAS representatives described the ongo - ing voluntary Florida Golf Best Management Practices (BMP) Certification Program de - veloped in 2012 by the FGCSA in coopera- tion with the FDEP, the United States Golf Association Green Section and UF/IFAS. The FGCSA discussed the success of the program, which involves classroom education and ex - amination, and its recognition by GCSAA, which awarded FGCSA its 2015 Excellence in Government Relations Award. Ironically, some FDEP officials were unaware of this partnership, but by the time the meeting ad - journed, the FDEP was satisfied that the Flor- ida golf industry was proactively doing its part to reduce water pollution. Seven months later, on July 1, 2016, Florida Senate Bill 552, the "Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act," became law (7). This bill requires FDEP, in consultation with the Florida water management districts and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), to initiate rule-making to adopt procedures to verify im - plementation of nonagricultural interim mea- sures, best management practices, or other measures to reduce water pollution adopted by rule. The expected result of this law will shift the FGCSA certification program from voluntary to mandatory. Because of its positive working relationship with and respect for the FGCSA and UF/IFAS, the FDEP initiated a dialogue to discuss the best way to imple - ment the law that would also be acceptable to all involved. The FGCSA's success with im - plementing golf course BMP and partnering with regulatory agencies and university fac - ulty has likely thwarted onerous regulation of the Florida golf industry. Heightened concerns over water use Water quantity Water quality and quantity are often con - sidered a major limitation to — and Achilles' heel of — the green industry, particularly the golf course industry. Population growth is re - sponsible for increasing concern about avail- ability of potable water, as consumption often exceeds nature's ability to filter and replen - ish the water supply. Therefore, water use is highly scrutinized. Figure 1. In 2015, the Springs Coast area of Florida became a focal point for concerns about point-source pollution because of the large number of natural springs in the area.

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