is home to pristine rivers, lakes, and streams. Colorado's waterbodies are not
only picturesque but are also essential to the state's environmental health and
economic vitality. Freshwater bodies supply drinking water for millions and
nourish Colorado’s diverse ecosystems. With a growing population, the need to
preserve and protect water quality is more critical than ever. Safeguarding our
water through the use of best management practices (BMPs) is paramount.
water stewards develop strategies to mitigate risks. Golf course
superintendents are the stewards of expansive landscapes, which have direct
impacts on local waterbodies. Recognizing this responsibility, superintendents
adhere to various operations, monitoring, and management practices to protect
utilize advanced irrigation systems that minimize water use and avoid runoff.
This ensures that only the necessary amount of water is used, thereby
conserving precious resources, and preventing excess water runoff.
and strategic use of nutrients and pesticides is also essential.
Superintendents employ precision techniques, ensuring they nourish and protect
turfgrass without harming nearby water bodies. Regular soil testing is
conducted to adjust fertilizer types and quantities. Superintendents also opt
for environmentally-friendly pesticides when pesticides are necessary and apply
them judiciously to avoid disturbance of nearby waterbodies. Routine water
testing and monitoring are conducted to catch and address any potential issues
zones around the shore of a waterbody or other sensitive areas filter and
purify runoff as it passes across the buffer. Composed of native plants, these
areas act as filters, trapping pollutants. Native species provide water quality
benefits, pleasing aesthetics, and habitat/food sources for wildlife.
Continuing vegetative plantings into the water provides emergent vegetation for
aquatic life. Effective BMPs filter and trap sediment using a “natural systems
engineering” approach that maximizes the use of natural systems to treat water.
wetlands are vital to its water resources. These ecologically productive
environments serve as natural filters, absorbing pollutants and reducing flood
risks. They provide critical habitats for diverse wildlife species and are
essential for maintaining water quality. The Colorado Natural Heritage Program
approximates that the state has around 1 to 2 percent of its land area as
courses in Colorado are increasingly becoming partners in wetland conservation.
Many are designed with an emphasis on environmental stewardship, opting to
incorporate and preserve existing wetlands. These wetlands are then managed and
preserved by the course, often under the guidance of environmental specialists.
By thoughtfully integrating wetlands into golf course layouts, Colorado courses
achieve aesthetic appeal and challenging play while participating in broader conservation
water quality in Colorado is a shared responsibility. Golf course
superintendents, through meticulous operations, monitoring, and management
practices, are playing an essential role in this mission. Our courses exemplify
how commercial landscapes can harmonize with natural environments and actively
protect our Colorado waterbodies - ensuring that the pleasures of today’s round
of golf do not come at the expense of tomorrow’s clean and vibrant water