Matt Pennington, Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council (“Region 9”)
Derik Cataldi, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Chase Rogan, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Bryan Seipp, Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.
Improving water quality in local water bodies and in large systems like the Chesapeake Bay by reducing the amount of nutrients (Nitrogen and Phosphorus) entering the system has become increasingly important. One potential solution to this problem has been to manage the amount of nutrients that are being applied to the landscape. The agriculture community has been practicing this type of management for years. Recently, the focus has expanded to look at urban areas, specifically, lawns, athletic fields and golf courses. These often highly managed landscapes offer significant opportunity to address water quality impacts by matching the needs of the plants or turf to the amount of fertilizer being applied. The goal of this practice is to apply only the amount of fertilizer needed to keep the vegetation healthy and prevent runoff or leaching. Golf courses in particular are ideal areas to manage nutrients carefully because of the highly managed nature of the area. This webcast will explore how the management of nutrients on golf courses and urban lands impacts water quality, the relevance to regulatory systems like Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and MS4 permits, how some states are using nutrient management to meet EPA regulations, and what role the golf course community can play.
**Please note: GCSAA members, this webcast has been approved for .15 education points!**
Your local GCSAA chapter website for links to state BMP manuals and other helpful information here.
Plus there are lots more resources on our last UNM webcast page here.