Government Relations

Water level is low; information level is too

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the groundwater they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.

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It will take time to meet golfing water goals

Nobel Laureate physicist Richard Feynman put it best: “Priority 1 is not to fool yourself, and you’re the easiest person to fool.”

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Drought Contingency Plans

Recent announcements expedite the need for a well written drought emergency plan

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College has system to extract water from manure

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology for extracting drinkable water from manure is on its way to commercial application this year, Michigan State University said Thursday.

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Six fast water facts and figures to help you answer questions

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America categorizes California golf facilities into three agronomic regions:  Pacific, Upper West/Mountain and Southwest (encompassing Southern California).   With Southern California having the largest share of the state’s population and a small percentage of its rainfall, the golf industries responsible use of water is crucial for the economic vitality and future growth of the game.

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Calif. governor issues order to redouble state drought actions

With California’s driest months ahead, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.

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California rethinking groundwater

With water tables plummeting in places from the wine country of Paso Robles to the almond orchards of the San Joaquin Valley, the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown could soon adopt measures to retool California’s approach to groundwater.

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Making the Rounds: Drought testing courses’ savvy

Golf course owners, managers and superintendents are taking a glass-half-full approach dealing with California’s historic drought.

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