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WATER CONSERVATION TASK FORCE

2020-2021 Co-Chairs:
Shawn Emerson, Jeff Jensen, Ernie Pock, Rory Van Poucke and Mark Woodward, CGCS 

MISSION

The Cactus & Pine Water Task Force exists to promote the water conservation and management goals of the Arizona golf industry and Arizona Department of Water Resources while educating our stakeholders on the importance of golf’s beneficial use of natural resources.

ENGAGEMENT 

Member Communication MAY 26, 2020 (.pdf)
- A Conversation with Jeff Small, Senior Advisor to The Secretary of Interior

CONSERVATION ON THE GOLF COURSE

APACHE SUN GC, SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ

The pictures below are a comparison of what Apache Sun Golf Club, in San Tan Valley, looks like in the winter (green) and then summer (blonde). The unique way that Apache Sun G.C. conserves water is that the water is turned off in the summer for five months on the course (May through September). During the summer months,  the golf course only waters the trees and plants through drip irrigation.  The course then reseeds in the fall.  Apache Sun G.C. uses Best Management Practices (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) for water conservation. Some of the practices include using wetting agents, hand watering, checking sprinklers, soil tests and aerification to use water as efficiently as possible. This business model has been in place for over 30 years.

Rory Van Poucke, General Manager/Golf Course Superintendents Association of America -Class A member
Apache Sun GC, San Tan Valley, AZ
on Twitter @PouckeRory

Apache Sun GC, San Tan Valley, AZ
NOVEMBER 2019
#1 Fairway

Apache Sun GC, San Tan Valley, AZ
JUNE 2020 
#1 Fairway

Apache Sun GC, San Tan Valley, AZ
NOVEMBER 2019
Practice Putting Green

Apache Sun GC, San Tan Valley, AZ
JUNE 2020 
Practice Putting Green

WATER AGENCIES

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES (ADWR)

The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is the steward of Arizona’s water future and ensures long-term, reliable water supplies to support the continued economic prosperity of the State

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- ADWR Active Management Areas

The 1980 Arizona Groundwater Code recognized the need to aggressively manage the state’s finite groundwater resources to support the growing economy. Areas with heavy reliance on mined groundwater were identified and designated as Active Management Areas (AMAs). The five AMAs (Prescott, Phoenix, Pinal, Tucson, and Santa Cruz) are subject to regulation pursuant to the Groundwater Code. Each AMA carries out its programs in a manner consistent with these goals while considering and incorporating the unique character of each AMA and its water users. 

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- ADWR Management Plans

To assist in achieving the AMA management goals, a series of five management plans are to be prepared between 1980 and 2025 for each AMA. These plans contain progressively more rigorous management requirements for agricultural, municipal and industrial water users.

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CENTRAL AZ PROJECT (CAP)

In the early 20th century, Arizona’s leaders knew the state’s future depended on a water supply that was secure, stable and renewable. They pursued that vision; the result was Central Arizona Project (CAP), a 336-mile system that brings Colorado River water to central and southern Arizona, delivers the state’s single largest renewable water supply and serves 80% of the state’s population.

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SALT RIVER PROJECT (SRP)

SRP, the nation's oldest multipurpose water reclamation project, operates and maintains a system that delivers more than 260 billion gallons of water to municipal, industrial and agricultural users each year.

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BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states with a mission to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.

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CONSERVATION
RESEARCH & RESOURCES

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TURFGRASS RESEARCH, EDUCATION and EXTENSION

Research reports from the UA Turfgrass Extension program.

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE TURFGRASS RESEARCH and EXTENSION

Research reports from the UC Riverside Turfgrass Science program related to Water Conservation and Salinity Management.

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USGA WATER RESOURCE CENTER

The USGA Water Resource Center provides water related information for golfers, facilities and communities.

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GCSAA - ENVIRONMENT HUB

GCSAA provides members and the golf course industry with the tools and information necessary to become environmental stewards. The Environment Hub provides numerous resources related to Water Conservation, as well as Water Quality and Protection, among others.

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AZ GOLF BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMPs)

The Arizona Golf Industry Best Management Practices guide includes information on golf course planning, design and construction; irrigation; surface water management; water quality monitoring and management; nutrient management; cultural practices; integrated pest management; pesticide management; pollinator protection; and energy use.

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