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  • February 29, 2016 1:49 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    “What’s a super to do?”
    Wading Through DEP’s Water Management Act 20 Year Permit Renewal (continued)
    By Rick Lawlor, CGCS

    By June 1, 2015 the Town of Yarmouth golf courses had drawn three times their annual average for this time of year. Since the snow had melted, Cape Cod hadn’t received a drop of rain and the long term forecast was bleak. The superintendent shut off the irrigation on everything except for the playing surfaces of greens; green surrounds; fairways; and tees.

    By August 31 we had drawn more than 3 MG over the permitted amount with two months of irrigation remaining. The playing surfaces on the golf course were good, but the rough area was dormant.  There had only been two occasions since June 1 that the irrigation was shut off because sufficient rainfall was received for a 24 hour period. In an unusual turn of events, we learned that numerous Yarmouth resident golfers had made phone calls to MA DEP to complain about the conditions of the golf course. Learning this prompted the superintendent to contact Julie Butler, MA DEP WMA Permit reviewer and set a meeting date. Shortly after this, our Director for the Town of Yarmouth – Golf Division also contacted MA DEP to inquire about policy/regulations and report the conditions that these restrictions created on the town’s income resource. As a consequence of his phone inquiry he received permission from DEP to draw more water than was permitted by their WMA Permit. This is first time in my career that I have ever heard of DEP authorizing a permit holder to exceed their allotment.

    So, we turned the water on and it started raining. (Ain’t that a kick?) We also had the meeting with MA DEP to discuss our situation at the Town of Yarmouth golf courses and seek resolution with their guidance. In addition, the town hired an experienced engineering consultant to help navigate through this regulatory quagmire. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, MA DEP is currently in the process of reviewing all of the Cape Cod MA DEP WMA permits to have the authorized withdrawal volume be relative to the average reported draw. However, the average would not be sufficient to prevent another year of conditions such as the one we just experienced. Thus, it was quickly decided that the Town of Yarmouth – Golf Division apply for a new permit with MA DEP for a volume of water more than our historical average… about 25% more.

    At the time of this writing the new permit application had just been submitted to MA DEP by our consultant. In addition to handling this part of the process for us, the consultant was valuable to the Town of Yarmouth on a number of items:

    • Years of experience dealing with the process and the players.
    • Own a large, relative data base.
    • Have the expertise to evaluate environmental impacts.
    • Know how to provide acceptable mitigation measures.
  • February 25, 2016 3:58 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Thank you to Matt Crowther, CGCS who recently wrote an article for The Sand Blaster newsletter about his golf trip to Ireland with TurfNet.

    To read the entire article with photos, please click on the link below.

    Golf in Ireland

  • December 21, 2015 4:34 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    This message is being posted on behalf of Kevin Doyle, GCSAA Field Staff.

    GCSAA Waters Of The US (WOTUS) Resources
    The WOTUS rule went into effect on August 28, 2015 and as of October 2nd fell under a Federal Court Injunction! Recent changes made to the Clean Water Act are not in affect at this time, but be aware, you may still need federal permits as the rule was written before the EPA/US Army Corp of Engineers rule changes were implemented!  For more information visit the GCSAA WOTUS landing page by clicking here.

  • December 21, 2015 11:13 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Cape Cod met on Thursday, December 10, 2015 for the Annual Meeting at White Cliffs Country Club.  Here are the results from the meeting.

    GCSACC Board of Directors 2016
    President                  Paul Doherty
    Vice-President          Richard Lawlor, CGCS
    Secretary                   Brian Smoot
    Treasurer                   James McGrail
    Director                      Joshua Beland
    Director                      David Stott
    Associate Director    John Bresnahan
    Past President              Kevin Young
    Newsletter Editor          Stuart Eyman, CGCS

    GCSACC would also like to thank everyone who donated canned goods and monetary donations to the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse.

    14 Scholarships were awarded to the following students: Jared Bramhall, Emma Colombo, Nuala Deely, Kaitlin Doherty, Liam Doherty, Alison Donovan, Catherine Felicetti, Sophia Felicetti, Shane Fonseca, Brianna Golden, Angela Harrington, Elizabeth Murray, Carly White and Shane White

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

    15 Year Pins:
    George Fairbanks
    John Lenhart
    Carl Miner
    Mike Parks
    Thomas Rioux
    Tom Stone
    Gary Sykes
    Ben Whiting
    Kevin Young       

    25 Year Pins:
    Bruce Carlson
    Bruce Chapman
    Tom Fox
    Arthur Silva
    Chris Tufts

    Congratulations to Dahn Tibbett  on his recent retirement.

    Congratulations to Kurt Calderwood and Bob Kingsbury (pictured L-R) with their awards for Player of the Year. Kurt was the Gross winner and Bob was the Net winner.


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