New Handbook by Pennsylvania Environmental Council on Golf Course BMPs

There’s a new Golf Course Water Resources Best Management Practices Handbook intended for golf course superintendents in Pennsylvania just released this week by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and LandStudies, Inc.

The Manual includes 18 Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can help you improve water quality and manage stormwater and storm events on your property and enable you to be a better steward of the environment in your local watershed.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and LandStudies, Inc. developed the Handbook with the support of the PA Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener grant program. PEC and Land Studies were assisted by John Chassard, Director of Grounds at the Lehigh Country Club and Jeff Broadbelt, President, Agrostis Golf Management.

The manual builds on some of the BMPs developed by the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America GCSAA and the Environmental Institute for Golf and elements of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The BMPs range from chemical and fertilizer storage and application practices to wetland and floodplain restoration practices that can improve water quality and flood control at your golf course.

The Handbook describes how several of the recommended BMPs can generate environmental credits for developing environmental service markets including nutrient reduction, habitat creation, wetland mitigation, stormwater and groundwater recharge. Such credits can be created by installing BMPs such as forested riparian buffers, wetlands and natural floodplains.

Each of the BMPs includes a detailed description of the practice, its’ associated environmental benefit and a local example of most of the recommended practices at a golf course in the region with contact information so that superintendents can learn firsthand how to best install the practice.

To learn more about PEC, please go to Since 1970, PEC has been actively involved with local and state water quality issues by working cooperatively with land owners, local and state government agencies, non-government organizations and local watershed groups.

For more information, contact Scott Van de Mark at 412-481-9400 or