Water Use in Idaho Open Forum
July 20, 2017
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Idaho Water Science Center
230 Collins Road, Boise, ID
Main Conference Room

Every five years, the U.S. Geological Survey compiles county-level water use data for every state in the Union. (“Estimated Use of Water in the United States”; http://water.usgs.gov/watuse/50years.html). These county-level compilations are a cooperative effort between state agencies, federal partners, and the USGS to facilitate the collection of reliable and uniform water-use information. Statewide totals for water withdrawals (use) in Idaho have been reported with the rest of the Nation at five-year intervals beginning in 1950.

The Idaho Water Science Center is hosting a forum to present preliminary results from compilation year 2015. The objectives of this meeting are two-fold:
For the USGS to present 2015 results of water use by category—including Public Supply & Domestic, Irrigation, Aquaculture, Thermoelectric, Livestock, Mining, and Industrial—to brief our partners on data availability and its limitations.
To host an open forum to discuss the two categories most important in Idaho: irrigation and public supply; and how we might improve the methodology. What are we missing? Is there a better way?
Our primary goal is to produce better estimates of water use and more collaborative datasets during the compilation process. We would like to collectively identify the data gaps to continue to improve the use estimates in future compilations. We are seeking your expertise and your guidance on the best ways to do this.

9:00 – 9:25 am, Introductions
9:25 – 10:10 am, Overview of Water Use Compilation and 2015 Preliminary Results by Category
10:10 – 10:30 am, Break
10:30 – 11:30 am, Open Forum – Irrigation Water Use, methods and limitations
11:30 – 12:30 am, Open Forum – Public Supply & Domestic Water Use, methods and limitations

This meeting is free to attend, but please register here so that we can prepare for attendance:
Registration Link

For any questions regarding this event, please contact Erin Murray at 208-387-1342 or emmurray@usgs.gov.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Cushman, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, continues to show its dedication to the golfing industry with the “Growing Greens” program. For every purchase of a new Cushman Hauler® utility vehicle, $50 will be donated to the local Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA) chapter of the purchasing course.

Idaho GCSA Fall Meeting!
October 3 @ 8:00 am – October 4 @ 5:00 pm

Our Fall Meeting will help you succeed as a better steward of the environment and help you to provide the best playing conditions possible.

Join us in Twin Falls, ID, at the Red Lion hotel for the conference and enjoy golf at Blue Lakes Country Club! We have a great array of topics with our featured speakers:

William Kreuser, Ph.D., Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Anthony Williams, CGCS, CGM
and also joining us will be Tony McCammon, Area Extension Horticulturalist Twin Falls County Extension, University of Idaho; and Steven Hines, University of Idaho Extension Educator for Jerome County

To register – click on the event on the calendar of our homepage.

Visit the event on the homepage calendar for the link to register an pay online, or to download a PDF.

Also, forms are available by clicking on the dropdown “Forms” under the INFO tab ner the top of our website.


Our block is open!

Each year we have several Idaho GCSA members disappointed they missed out of the chapter room block at the GIS. Don’t be “that person” for the 2017 GIS in Orlando!

Even if you aren’t 100% positive you are attending, make your reservation.

You can adjust your nights, or even cancel with proper notice. November, December and January are too late to reserve a room in the block. By the end of October, if any rooms are left, we give them back to GCSAA, per our agreement.

It may be difficult to wrap your head around February 2017 with everything you are juggling right now… but we need you to do just that!

We will have two blocks, again, in 2017. The Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, and the Hyatt Place Convention Center/ International Drive. We have used the Rosen Inn ($97 Single/Double) before and it is more of a budget property. The Hyatt Place ($156 Single/Double) is on International Drive. Although we have not used the Hyatt as a block property before, it is near our previous blocks. Shuttle service is available to the convention center with both properties.

CLICK HERE to reserve your room!

Dear members of the Idaho GCSA,

GCSAA’s 2016 Property Profile and Environmental Stewardship Survey is now underway. This survey focuses on course features, turf species and basic stewardship information that will help GCSAA advocate for the golf course industry and our profession. The survey takes just 15 to 20 minutes to complete. GCSAA’s Board of Directors is asking for your help by completing and promoting this important survey. If you have taken the survey, the Board thanks you for your service. Use this link to take the GCEP Property Profile and Environmental Stewardship Survey

We realize April is a busy time of the year. However, this information is very important and with just a short time investment you will help make a difference for the superintendent profession and industry. GCSAA needs this important data that is based upon your continued input. Without it regulators may only have information provided to them by those wanting to ban the tools we need to do our jobs and contribute to the success of our facilities.

Your participation ensures accurate usage data and a stronger foundation of science and fact from which GCSAA can advocate. In addition to taking this survey yourself, please encourage superintendents in your area to participate— both GCSAA members and non-members alike. Advocacy for the golf course superintendent is one of GCSAA’s most important efforts and a pillar upon which we operate. Please take the survey before it closes on April 29.

This survey is conducted by the National Golf Foundation on behalf of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. GCSAA receives its funding for this project through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf and specifically from the generous support of the United States Golf Association.

Visit www.gcsaa.org today to learn more about the Golf Course Environmental Profile and to access the survey. Thank you for all you do to support and promote the golf course superintendent and the game of golf!


Peter J. Grass, CGCS
President, GCSAA

GCSAA needs your help to determine nationwide pest management practices through the Pest Management Practices Survey; no pesticide records required. This information provides much needed data for GCSAA to advocate on behalf of the golf course industry and superintendent profession. Without it, we won’t have supporting data to back up the facts showing golf courses as professionally managed greenspaces. The GCEP is sponsored by the USGA in conjunction with the EIFG.

Idaho GCSA Fall Meeting, October 5-6, 2015. The Valley Club, Hailey, Idaho. We have built a great conference!

Our “don’t miss” program includes an innovative superintendent, known for conducting in-house research – Dan Dinelli,CGCS at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill..

Also joining us will be Doug Karcher, Ph.D., University of Arkansas. His involvement in the turf industry is impressive,as well as interesting, which includes a US Patent as an inventor for determining plant nitrogen levels from digital images. Karcher is a founding board member of the European Institute for Turfgrass Science, an organization dedicated to providing research-based recommendations to the European Turfgrass Industry, and also serves on the review board of the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance, whose mission is to reduce the water needs of the managed landscape while preserving its functional quality.

Check out the rest of the informative speakers on the meeting agenda, and registration options by clicking here.

Enjoy beautiful Hailey, nested in the Sun Valley region, and recently named in the 2014 Livability.com poll as one of America’s 10 Best Small Towns!