Current News

  • November 09, 2017 8:01 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    On September 20, 2017, MassDEP issued a notification letter to Water Management Act (WMA) registrants and permittees regarding the electronic filing of the Water Withdrawals Annual Report Form (ARF) set to begin this year. Typically you receive a paper copy of the ARF at the end of each year, and it is due by the end of February. This December, MassDEP plans to email an electronic version instead.
    The letter included three attachments: a Hardship Application Form, General Information Form, and a listing of Unique IDs for your withdrawal sources. Please submit the General Information Form to us by November 30th. You may mail the form to Shi Chen at the address below, or email it to Alternatively, you can simply email Shi the best email address for receiving the ARF electronically.

    The Hardship Application should be submitted in lieu of the General Information Form only if you are unable to file your ARF electronically. Please submit the Unique ID form only if corrections are needed to the names or number of withdrawal sources. Contact Shi Chen at 617-292-5532 or with any questions on your Unique IDs.

    If you did not receive the mailing, please download the General Information Form or Hardship Application from our website at:  

    Attn: Shi Chen
    WMA Program
    One Winter Street, 5th floor
    Boston, MA 02108

  • October 26, 2017 7:22 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)
    This is a reminder that your Massachusetts Pesticide License will expire and must be renewed by 12/31/2017.  The MDAR is using a new publicly accessible online system known as the ePLACE Portal and will NOT be sending the usual renewal via U.S. Mail. Please renew your license online using this new system. You should have received a personal instruction letter in late August asking you to set up an online account. If you have not done so, please create your account in the ePLACE Portal so that you may complete your renewal.  If you need a new copy of the personal instruction letter, please send an email request to If you experience trouble or have questions when setting up your account, please contact the ePLACE Help Desk at (844) 733-7522. If you don’t have access to a computer or have other questions about renewing your pesticide license, please contact Steve Kenyon at (617) 626-1784.

     EEA ePLACE Portal

    Other Instruction Documents

    MDAR Launches Online Renewals

    Instructions on Creating an E-Place Account

    Uploading the Certificate of Insurance (non-gov't employees)

    Uploading the Certificate of Insurance (gov't employees)

  • October 17, 2017 1:45 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    If you would like to order GCSACC 50th Anniversary gift box, please click on the link below.

    50th Anniv. Items For Sale

  • September 29, 2017 3:22 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    This information was received by the Green Industry Alliance.

    Click here to find a copy of the bill filed by State Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth), H.3927, An Act Empowering Towns to Protect Their Environment and Residents From Harmful Pesticides.  The bill has been admitted and referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.  This bill effectively guts the pre-emption law that we fought hard to establish many years ago and would open up a difficult challenge for industry.  Trying to fight this at the municipal level would be extremely challenging and we would undoubtedly see a hodge podge of new rules popping up in many of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.

    How you can help...

    We ask that you contact your local representative and senator.  Click here for contact information for your legislator.   GCSACC will also follow up with them.

    Thank you,

    GCSACC Government Relations Committee


  • January 03, 2017 2:05 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    GCSACC Annual Meeting and Elections

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Cape Cod met on Thursday, December 8, 2016 for the Annual Meeting and Elections at The Brookside Club.  Here are the results from the meeting.

     GCSACC Board of Directors 2017

     President                  Brian Smoot

    Vice-President          James McGrail

    Secretary                   Kurt Calderwood

    Treasurer                   David Stott

    Director                      Peter Lanman

    Director                      Ed Gianni

    Associate Director    John Bresnahan

    Past President          Paul Doherty


    GCSACC also awarded members with their 15 and 25 year pins.

     15 Year Pins:

    • Frank Carpenito
    • Andy Drohen
    • Ernie Ketchum
    • Mark Lucas
    • Scott McLeod
    • Jon O’Connor
    • Rita Paananen
    • Dave Vetelino
    • Will Warner       


     25 Year Pins:

    • Joe Farina
    • Dwight Wiggin
  • November 04, 2016 2:06 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The latest edition of The Sand Blaster newsletter has been posted to the website. 

    Please click on the logo below to view the current edition.

  • October 31, 2016 1:55 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    GCSACC came in 1st Place at the New England Superintendents Championship hosted this year by the Vermont GCSA and held at The Quechee Club.

  • July 05, 2016 11:06 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    I was pleased to represent our Association at the two day conference that was put on by the Cape Cod Commission. Politicians, scientists, stakeholders and many government employees were in attendance.

    The '208' plan moves forward now, with many towns already having plans designed by their engineers with the help of the Commission.

    Traditional sewering with treatment plants will happen in many densely populated areas and around water resources. Innovative ideas such as floating wetlands that can be harvested, shellfish beds, aquaculture, waterway inlet widening, permeable reactive barriers, eco toilets and urine diversion toilets are all being tested. Some of these projects are already under way.

    Completion of the project and paying for it may take 40 to 50 years. Yes it will be very expensive. Currently it is estimated to cost 4 to 8 billion dollars.

    The goal is to restore Cape Cod's environment to what it was in the 1960's. That noble goal is attainable.

    Our Association is viewed favorably as participating stakeholders in this process. Many questions regarding the reuse of purified urine on turf as a liquid fertilizer were directed my way. A pilot project will be started for the next growing season. They need our help to do these projects correctly.

    Thirty years ago we studied the effect of golf courses on groundwater. Today we are helping with the current projects and experiments that are underway. I hope that in another 30 years people will say that golf really stepped forward and helped to solve some of the Cape's environmental issues.

     Thanks for everyone's support for so many years...

    Ed Nash

  • May 23, 2016 4:14 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The Assembly voted to send a request to Governor Baker asking him to intervene and overrule any laws that would permit power line spraying on Cape Cod.
    Dr. O'Malley and Laura Kelley presented the Article. They were quick to point out that only power lines were being targeted. Golf and other pesticide users are not included in this article.
    Most of the Assembly Members felt that they should allow the motion to be sent so that they would err of the side of caution.
    County Commissioner Leo Cakounes mentioned that in 2011 a panel of scientists and local proponents and opponents studied the use of spot spraying on the power lines and their conclusion was that there would be no danger from that proposed spraying. ( We participated in that study ). Dr. O'Malley countered that the study was old science and that 40% of farmer deaths in South America are caused by Roundup. A motion was made and carried to have the 2011 study sent to the Governor along with O'Malley's letter. The Dept. of Agriculture will also get copies.
    In my opinion, if there is any validity or not, to O'Malley's assertions regarding Roundup dangers, the State Pesticide Board should tell us more about the product. We need to know the correct answer when people ask.
    Power line spraying is not our battle, but we must watch very cautiously, because this could be the tip of a very slippery ice berg.....
    Ed Nash

  • March 27, 2016 3:00 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The MDAR held a stakeholders meeting to discuss Plant Nutrient Regulations on March 25, 2015 in Westborough. Here is the message from our new MDAR Commissioner Lebeaux. There is a Plant Nutrient Regulation draft, which is not available to the public yet, but will be made available for stakeholder review and public comment before it goes to Governor Baker for signing. They would not commit to a date. Important to verbally note:

    • U MA (Mary Owen) has been actively involved in the rewrite. They're current attention is classification of bio-solids. 
    • There are no exemptions from regulation, neither applicators nor plant nutrient products.
    • Mineral and organic plant nutrient products must be applied at BMP rates for N P K.
    • Organic class products will get one state approved application per year at a maximum .rate of .25 lb P. 
    • All application dates have been removed. Applicators must abide by growing conditions and BMP limits. 
    • Professional applicators MUST keep electronic or written records of fertilizer applications for three years.
    • Local Plant Nutrient bylaws, which have been approved by the state, (not recommendations) will be the maximum per-application and per-annual limits for all applicators in the jurisdiction to abide.
    • No local authority can regulate pesticides, this is exclusive to MDAR.

    Thank you,

    Rick Lawlor, CGCS

    Vice President, GCSACC

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