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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Management and Bmp Assessment for Managed Turf

Location: Soil Drainage Research

Project Number: 3604-13000-011-22
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 27, 2011
End Date: Mar 31, 2015

Objective:
Assess and characterize the environmental aspects of golf course turf, including the development and evaluation of management strategies or technologies to mitigate the potential offsite transport of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides. a) Quantify the fate and transport of nutrients, pesticides, and sediment from a managed turf watershed. b) Determine the processes and management controlling the fate and transport of sediment, nutrients and pesticides on golf course turf. c) Test novel BMPs and management strategies aimed to minimize nutrient, pesticide, and sediment export.

Approach:
A field approach will be used to assess and characterize the environmental aspects of golf course turf, including the development and evaluation of management strategies and/or technologies. Before – after watershed scale studies will be used to quantify the fate and transport as well as aid in the determination of the processes and management controlling the fate and transport of nutrients, pesticides, and sediment from turf environments. The research site is located at Northland Country Club in Duluth, MN. Four different sites (two surface and two subsurface) are instrumented with automated sampling equipment. Treatments include an end-of-tile cartridge system as well as setbacks from surface inlets, and filter socks around surface inlets.

Last Modified: 9/22/2014
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