A case study: the implementation of a water conservation plan by Georgia golf course superintendents

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Waltz, Freddie Clinton, Jr.
Carrow, Robert N.
Esoda, Mark
Siple, F. T.
Hatcher, Kathryn J.
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How do water conservation and turfgrass water use become critical issues in a state, like Georgia, which receives 50- to 60-inches of rainfall per year? To begin to answer this question, which is more complex than it appears. The uses of water must first be defined and prioritized. Then where Georgia’s water resources are derived and stored must be understood. Lastly, how turfgrass systems integrate into the environmental, economic, and sociological fabric must be realized. By studying how Georgia golf course superintendents were impacted by a four year drought and their decision to voluntarily implement water conservation plans and practices into their daily maintenance programs, other water users can learn water conservation techniques, understand the golf course superintendents’ commitment to environmental stewardship, and realize the benefits of working cooperatively with state regulatory agencies. This case study documents past events, which led to current policy and rules and how a proactive attitude looking at future water use will aid in protecting natural resources and encourage economic development while maintaining high turfgrass standards.
Sponsored by: Georgia Environmental Protection Division U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Water Science Center U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Water Resources Institute The University of Georgia, Water Resources Faculty
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