Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tall grass and golf courses

While it may seem to be an evil ploy by golf course superintendents to grow longer grass next to water hazards, they actually are in place to protect the very water that comes out of your tap. The grass serves as a buffer, riparian buffers in this instance. These areas are designed to protect water quality by filtering nutrients, trapping sediments, and reducing soil erosion. These areas also help enhance air quality and fish and wildlife habitats. Water quality is a major concern in our area, as nutrient loading continues to be a global concern. We have one of the greatest natural resources on the planet in our Great Lakes, we have a duty to protect them.
Next time you find yourself cursing the long grass, please keep in mind the great benefits of these areas.
Plus, you probably would have gone in the water anyhow.
Hope to see you at Briar Fest,

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