✓ Follow best practices anytime soil is disturbed to avoid erosion and sedimentation.
✓ Maintain existing habitat to the extent possible during all phases of planning, design, and construction to preserve biodiversity.
✓ Manage stormwater by implementing a “treatment train” approach to prevent nonpoint source pollution from runoff.
✓ Design and maintain irrigation systems to uniformly apply water to the intended area of management.
✓ Determine accurate supplemental water needs based on appropriate climate and soil data.
✓ Assess irrigation system efficiency through regular audits of application rate and uniformity.
✓ Manage lakes and ponds to maintain water quality, avoiding nutrient enrichment and maintaining dissolved oxygen levels.
✓ Assess current surface and groundwater quality.
✓ Conduct water quality assessments using accepted standards.
✓ Use an accredited laboratory for water quality assessment.
✓ Use monitoring results to assess effectiveness of implemented BMP strategies.
✓ Determine accurate supplemental nutrient needs based on soil chemical and physical analysis.
✓ Supplement soil with appropriate rate and source of nutrients to maintain optimum availability and minimize off-site movement.
✓ Assess application efficiency through regular equipment calibration.
✓ Use and manage turfgrass species and varieties adapted to macro and micro climatic conditions of your location.
✓ Maintain turf with high shoot density to minimize runoff and maximize infiltration.
✓ Manage the surface accumulation of organic matter to maintain a permeable system that minimizes runoff and maximizes subsurface retention.
✓ Conduct thorough assessments of pest pressure and establish appropriate thresholds for managed turf areas.
✓ Identify and correct growing environments that exacerbate pest pressure.
✓ Implement sanitation, exclusion, and cultural practices to minimize pest pressure.
✓ Determine least-toxic pest control programs, including using a selection strategy that includes an evaluation of pesticide characteristics and potential for non-target effects, as well as preventive approaches.
✓ Assess control program effectiveness using established monitoring practices.
✓ Ensure full compliance with existing pesticide regulations, including applicator and technician certification and following all label directions.
✓ Adapt or implement as many state regulatory agency pesticide storage guidelines as possible.
✓ Assess site and weather conditions thoroughly before applying pesticides to avoid the potential for runoff, leaching, or drift.
✓ Adhere to pest management practices that protect pollinators when selecting and applying chemical control.
✓ Preserve and enhance habitat on the golf course that provides for pollinator foraging and nesting.
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