BMP Announcement

Written on 12/06/2020
CAGCS


We are happy to announce that the Connecticut Golf Industry Best Management Practices Guide has been completed. We will be publishing the guide on Tuesday, Nov 17, with a press release going out from GCSAA nationally and locally. The guide will be loaded on the GCSAA website, in addition to our CAGCS site. We have a social media campaign running in conjunction with the launch, so please support the effort by sharing/liking on Twitter and Facebook.

The guide provides an overview of twelve best management practices (BMPs) in golf course maintenance to support environmental stewardship and optimal course conditions in the state of Connecticut. Our goal is to create and maintain courses that are ecologically functional and healthy green spaces, demonstrating commitment to environmental stewardship, the community, and the game. BMP guidelines provide a roadmap for our CAGCS members and a resource for stakeholders including regulators, lawmakers, general managers, our communities, members, and guests.

The GCSAA, supported by the USGA and PGA TOUR, initially started the nationwide initiative by providing a base template. Our BMP steering committee working along with Radius Sports Group (a sustainability consulting firm) customized the content to address local needs, practices, and regulatory areas of importance. We engaged industry stakeholders, regulators, and peers to review the guide. The efforts of these folks (listed below) are greatly appreciated. Our goal will be to utilize this state guide to help develop and implement individual facility BMPs in 2021.

The guide conveys the classic heritage, environmental stewardship, and deep community roots of the CAGCS in an engaging format. Of special note – there is a foreword from Joe LaCava, Caddie for Tiger Woods, and Connecticut State Representative David Arconti.

The below links include an e-magazine which is best for viewing electronically, in addition to a downloadable PDF and brochure. The digital brochure is formatted as one page for online purposes and may be used as a quick reference. The print version of the brochure is in a tri-fold format which opens to poster size for hanging in break rooms/lunch areas. We will be using it for meetings with legislators at National Golf Day as well.

Please take a look!

CAGCS BMP Guide E-magazine:
Connecticut Golf Industry BMP Guide e-magazine

CAGCS BMP Guide Downloadable PDF:
Connecticut Golf Industry BMP Guide PDF (low res/web version)

CAGCS BMP Digital Brochure/Poster:
Connecticut Golf Industry BMP Digital Brochure

CAGCS BMP Print Brochure/Poster: (formatted for printing, some areas will appear upside down due to folding when printed)
Connecticut Golf Industry BMP Print Brochure

Thank you to our BMP steering committee and document reviewers for their time and tremendous dedication to this initiative.

CT Golf Industry BMP Guide Steering Committee & Authors
Robert Dorsch, CGCS, Superintendent, Richter Park Golf Course, Steering Committee Chair
Gina Rizzi, President, Radius Sports Group, Steering Committee Co-Chair
Paul Bonini, CGCS, Superintendent, Watertown Golf Club, CAGCS President
Andy Fries, CGCS, Superintendent, H.B. Brownson Country Club
Scott E. Niven, CGCS, Property Manager, The Stanwich Club
Jim Pavonetti, CGCS, Superintendent, Fairview Country Club
Doug Snyder, CGCS, Director of Golf Course Properties, Tashua Knolls Golf Course

CT Golf Industry BMP Guide Contributors & Reviewers
David Arconti, Connecticut State Representative and Energy + Tech Chair
Candace Bartholomew, Pesticide Use and GMOs, Cooperative Extension, University of Connecticut, O&T/GCS
Chris Bellucci, Supervising Environmental Analyst, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Kevin Doyle, GCSAA Northeast Field Representative
Corrine Fitting, Supervising Environmental Analyst, Water Planning & Management Division, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Tim Gerrish, Landscape Architect and Golf Course Architect
Mike Huck, Water Quality/Irrigation Consultant, former USGA Agronomist
John Hudak, Environmental Planning Manager, South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
Traci Iott, Supervising Environmental Analyst, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Diane Jorsey, Supervising Environmental Analyst, Pesticide Management Division, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Joe LaCava, Caddie to Tiger Woods
Kevin Miele, Turfgrass Research Assistant at University of Connecticut
Mike Moraghan, Executive Director, CSGA
Tim Moraghan, Owner of Aspire-Golf, Past Chief Agronomist of the USGA
Eric Morrison, Golf Course Superintendent, Shennecossett Golf Course
Nisha Patel, Assistant Director, Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division, Stormwater Staff, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Justin Williams, Sanitary Engineer, Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

CT Golf Industry BMP Guide Foreword Written By:
David Arconti, Connecticut State Representative and Energy + Tech Chair
Joe LaCava, Caddie for Tiger Woods