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  • 26 Jan 2019 6:23 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    The MGCSA won second place last year and sent five students to the GLSTGS.  Thanks for participating

    We're awarding scholarship and research grants to the GCSA Chapters with the most members to visit us at GIS 2019!
    1st Place
    2nd Place
    3rd Place
    We'll announce the winners after the final day of GIS 2019!
    Get authoritative answers to your toughest turf questions!
    Wednesday, February 6
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Dr. Brandon Horvath, University of Tennessee
    Dr. Patrick McCullough, University of Georgia
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Dr. Jim Kerns, North Carolina State University
    Dr. Jim Brosnan, University of Tennessee
    Thursday, February 7
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Dr. Matt Elmore, Rutgers University
    Dr. Dave McCall, Virginia Tech
  • 21 Jan 2019 2:02 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    The Don White Memorial Two Man Match Play Championship

    Contact Jack to register for this event jack@mgcsa.org

    Deadline to register is April 21st, 2019


    1.  The Don White Memorial Two Man Team Match Play event is an ongoing single-elimination tournament, with first round consolation bracket, in which two teams play match play (best ball net, aka Four Ball Match Play), during each round.  The winning team advances to the next round.  All players must be active members of the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association.
    2.  Each player plays their own ball from tee to green. The player with the lowest net score on a given hole wins that hole for his team. The match is won by the team that is leading by a number of holes greater than the number of holes remaining to be played. (e.g., 4 up with 3 holes to play – known as winning 4 &3).
    3.  The stipulated round is 18 holes; however, if both teams agree in advance, the stipulated round may be adjusted to 9-holes. This does not apply to the Championship match, which must be 18 holes.
    4.  If the match is even after the last hole, the match continues until a winner is decided. Handicap strokes remain the same for playoff holes.  In the event of darkness approaching for a tied match, teams may agree to a closest-to-the-hole chip-off or a coin flip to decide the outcome.
    5.  USGA Rules apply - Four Ball Match Play: a.  http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Rules-of-Golf/Rule- 30/#30-3 b. Decisions:  http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Rules-of-Golf/Decision-30/#30-3/1


    1.    You must be able to produce a verifiable handicap upon request from your playing opponents. If you are unable to produce a verifiable handicap, your opponents have the right to require you to play as a “0”.
    2.    Identify your USGA handicap index.  Max handicap for an individual is 24 for this competition.
    3.    Work with the Pro Shop to find your course handicap according to course and tees being played for the match.
    4.    Take 80% of the course handicap. (i.e., max competition handicap is 19, once 80% is applied)
    5.    Handicap strokes are allocated as net strokes from the lowest handicap player in the match per USGA guidelines 9-4a (iii) (i.e., lowest handicap plays with no strokes).
    6.    Ask the Pro Shop to prepare a card with dots on the appropriate holes for the match. Please let the Pro Shop know that this is a Two-Man Best Ball Match (Four Ball) when making your tee time so they can prepare the card in advance.


    1. The winners of each round shall advance to the next round. The brackets will be displayed on the mgcsa.org website.

    2. After completing your match: a. Send an e-mail or text with a picture of the signed scorecard and date of your match. Please include a picture of the winning team so we can post on website:

                        Jack MacKenzie at jack@mgcsa.org


    1.  Individual entry fee (for prizes): $25.00

    Team Entry: $50

    PRIZES & AWARDS: (Presented at Annual Meeting)

                    1st place team  - 50% split purse based on participation

                    2nd place team – 30% split purse based on participation

                    Consolation Bracket Champion – 20% split purse based on participation 

                   Prize amounts will be paid out in Visa gift cards.


    1.   It is the responsibility of the players to arrange their own matches, including the scheduling of tee times and course location.  You may not play at your home course. In the event of one player being absent at the starting time, a side may be represented by a single player. If the second player joins during the match, they must join between holes. See http://www.usga.org/rules/rules-and-decisions.html#!rule-30,30-3.

    2.   Please schedule your next match as soon as both winning teams are known.

    It is your responsibility to touch base with your opponents.

    3.   If a match schedule cannot be mutually agreed upon by the participants, assuming both teams made a good effort to find a mutually agreeable time, both teams will be removed from the event. The main goal is to complete the final match prior to September 30th.

    4.   You can only change your partner before the start of the first round match. Once you play the first round, you cannot switch partners. If the event your partner is unable to play after the first round, you must compete as an individual.

    5.     The final round for 2019 will be hosted by Brandon Schindele at Edina Country Club.


    Round 1: 31 Days

    May 1st

     May 31st

    Round 2: 30 Days

             June 1st

      June 30th

    Round 3: 31 Days

     July 1st

          July 31st

    Round 4: 30 Days

          August 1th

        August 30th

    Championship : 30 Days

       September 1st

    September 30th

    SCORE CARDS: Please fill in your score card completely!

    ● Record each player’s gross and net score on every hole (put “x” if the player picked up).

    ● Circle the winning score for each hole.

    ● Clearly mark on the front of the card the match play score (for example “Newton/Wilson d. Manning/Roethlisberger, 2 & 1”).

    ● Sign, attest, and date your card.

    MGCSA Two Man Match Play Rules 2019 - Final.pdf
  • 09 Jan 2019 7:50 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    40 Year MGCSA Member to be Honored on January 17th at the Annual Meeting

    The MGCSA’s Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is an award presented to an individual who has made an outstanding or significant contribution to the advancement of the golf course superintendent’s profession, preferably in Minnesota and/or the surrounding area.  This contribution is usually the result of behaviors over a significant period of time, and takes a true dedication to our industry, its initiatives, and its vitality.  Perhaps no one exemplifies these attributes, or the meaning of service to one’s industry, better than the 2018 recipient of the DSA award, Rick Fredericksen, CGCS at Woodhill Country Club. 

    Rick’s career has spanned 40 years as a member of the MGCSA, which includes, not one, but two separate stints as an active participant on the MGCSA Board of Directors, with a rise to president of the association each time.  During his first stint on the Board from 1986-1992, Rick helped improve research, developed an environmental awareness program and pushed our association to another level of professionalism.  It was during his second stint on the board from 1999-2003 that Rick was at the forefront of supporting a new turfgrass science professor, Dr. Brian Horgan, and enhancing the already strong relationship with the University of Minnesota.  In the process Rick helped secure funding and in-kind contributions that would translate into the UMN Turfgrass Research Outreach and Education Center, a permanent and nationally renowned research site and teaching facility for turfgrass science.

    According to Dr. Horgan, Rick inspired and encouraged the 2002 MGCSA BOD to pursue the TROE Center concept with a confident appreciation that the UMN could emulate the Penn State research program and apply the information learned locally upon area golf courses.  Brian also expressed Rick’s assertive attitude of pushing the envelope in turf management, always seeking a better management plan.  Furthermore, Frederickson was and is to this day, according to Dr. Horgan, looking to improve the sustainability of golf courses and embrace environmental stewardship wherever possible, including the incorporation of pollinator habitat, watershed enhancements and implementation of EIQ (Environmental Impact Quotient), and thus reduce amounts of pesticide use based upon toxicity.

    Along with this service on the MGCSA board and support of the UMN, Rick has continued his passion for the industry at Woodhill Country Club, where he has been superintendent since 1990.  Appreciating the importance of environmental stewardship, Rick pursued and established the private facility as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) golf course in 1996, and continues to uphold these standards for environmental stewardship.  He has also hosted numerous MGA and MGCSA events, as well as one USGA event, during his tenure at Woodhill.  In support of his strong environmental advocacy, Rick has shared the good story of golf courses at numerous allied association meetings and also as a guest speaker recently at the Minnesota Pollinator Summit.  Throughout his career he has continued to work closely with club members and Dr. Brain Horgan at the U of M on many environmental projects and initiatives.

    If Rick’s commitment and legacy on the Board and at Woodhill are not enough to distinguish him, he has also spent 11 years on the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department, including one year as Chief; using his background as an EMT to help others in need and to fight fires.  He has also been traveling down to Augusta, Georgia for many years to volunteer for the Masters tournament.  He not only volunteers his time during the week of the tournament in the spring, but also goes down there for a week in the fall to help out with overseeding.

    Rick’s dedication to this industry is well documented.  He has managed to have a long successful career at a prominent club, while still finding time to donate his time and be an active member of the MGCSA, for this, the association is forever grateful.  Perhaps most impressive, however, is that Rick has managed to do all of this while being a family man.  Rick’s wife, Jackie, whom he met in college (and who he credits with keeping him enrolled at Penn State) and their two daughters, Jodi and Sandy, along with two granddaughters keep Rick busy and fulfilled.  Behind a lot of successful superintendents are usually an impactful wife and family, and Rick’s family undoubtedly has been a big influence during his distinguished career.

    The level of commitment, dedication and time it takes to receive the DSA is no small feat, but perhaps there has never been a more obvious or deserving recipient than our 2019 winner, Rick Fredericksen, CGCS.  On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire MGCSA membership, we would like to congratulate Rick Fredericksen for being the 2019 Distinguished Service Award winner.

  • 03 Jan 2019 11:32 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    The Plaisted Companies Scholars Program is an achievement-based scholarship program.  Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact in their schools and communities. Three Plaisted Companies Scholars will be selected each year to receive a $500 to $1,500 scholarship. The Plaisted Companies Scholars Foundation proudly supports students graduating or attending in the 2018-2019 academic school year to apply here until March 15, 2019. Plaisted Companies, Inc. will dedicate $3,000 total per year towards our scholarship program.

    Eligibility Requirements

    We will be rewarding graduating high school seniors or eligible college students in the fields of, but not limited to:

    • Golf Course Superintendents
    • Truck Drivers
    • Diesel Mechanics
    • Heavy Equipment Operators
    • Current high school (or home-schooled) student attending a school in Minnesota who will graduate during the 2018-2019 academic school year
    • U.S. Citizens based on the guidelines utilized by the U.S. Department of Education for

    Federal Financial Aid eligibility

    • Will receive or have received a high school diploma during current academic year
    • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution

    Applicants may not be:

    • International students
    • Temporary residents

    Before you Apply

    We advise reading the information below before you start your application, so you can be fully prepared. High school seniors may apply here through March 15th, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Central.

    Important Items to Gather

    • A high school transcript – There is no need to upload, email, mail, fax, or submit in any other fashion, a copy of your transcript. While completing the application, you will be asked to type in your specific grades since your freshman year and their course levels. Having your transcript nearby will help you fill in this information.
    • A list of school and non-school related clubs and organizations in which you have participated since your freshman year as well as any corresponding leadership positions.
    • A list of honors and awards that you received when participating in school and nonschool-related clubs and organizations and the level of each award (local, state, regional, or National/International) since your freshman year.
    • A list of volunteer organizations with which you have served, and the number of hours served with each, plus any awards and honors that you have received for your participation since freshman year.
    • A list of employment during school and during the summer.

    Collecting this information will help you complete the online application. We do not request nor accept any supplemental information, including high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays, personal statements, head shots, or any other items outside of the online application. Any item mailed, emailed, or faxed to Plaisted Companies will be recycled.

    Get Started

    Fill out the application below! We look forward to learning more about you.

    Need Help?

    Scholarship Application_2018.pdf

  • 02 Jan 2019 4:44 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Columbia Golf Course project will protect local neighborhoods, Mississippi River

    MINNEAPOLIS The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) announced today that it has been awarded $800,000 from the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) to address water quality and flooding issues in Northeast Minneapolis.

    The funds, which come from the state’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, will be used to install a series of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) at the Columbia Golf Course in Northeast Minneapolis. The improvements will capture and treat stormwater from 600-acres that drain to and through the golf course, protecting the nearby Mississippi River from polluted runoff. In combination with other improvements planned for the area, the practices will also help to mitigate flooding.

    A large portion of Northeast Minneapolis drains through the Columbia Golf Course, and this new green infrastructure will benefit the entire community,” said MWMO Executive Director Doug Snyder. “The project will help protect the golf course and the surrounding neighborhoods from flooding, as well as reduce pollutant loading to the Mississippi River and improve habitat by adding native vegetation.”

    The golf course improvements are part of a larger Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative being led jointly by the MWMO, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The initiative will address local stormwater issues by modifying the city’s stormwater infrastructure, adding regional stormwater BMPs, and integrating new green infrastructure in portions of Northeast Minneapolis and Columbia Heights.

    The golf course BMPs have the potential to remove an estimated average of 100 pounds of total phosphorus (TP) and 20 tons of total suspended solids (TSS) each year, keeping these pollutants out of the Mississippi River. Up to 6.7 million cubic feet of stormwater could be infiltrated.

    The golf course improvements are expected to begin construction in mid-2020. More information can be found at mwmo.org/northeast, where residents can also sign up to receive email updates.

    Media Contact

    Nick Busse, Communications Principal Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Direct: 612-746-4974

    About the MWMO

    The MWMO is a public organization that partners to protect and improve water and habitat in our urban watershed. We invest in people and infrastructure to support clean water, and provide knowledge, scientific data and expertise to help manage our vital water resources. mwmo.org

    About the Minnesota Clean Water Fund

    Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008 to:

    •   protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat;

    •   preserve arts and cultural heritage;

    •   support parks and trails; and

    •   protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.

      The Clean Water Fund receives 33 percent of the sales tax revenue generated by the Legacy Amendment. More information about the Clean Water Fund is available here.

  • 02 Nov 2018 6:11 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    More than 60 solar panels are up and running at Ramsey County's The Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course, the latest step by the county to power its entire park system with renewable energy. 

    By  Greg Stanley Star Tribune

    Ramsey County will unveil the government's first solar panel park at Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course in Maplewood. The county has installed 64 panels along the course, the first step to having all of its parks buildings and facilities powered entirely by renewable energy by 2025.

    More than 60 solar panels are up and running at Ramsey County’s The Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course, the latest step by the county to power its entire park system with renewable energy.

    The photovoltaic panels, which will produce enough energy to power the Maplewood golf course and its clubhouse, were built and installed at no cost to the county. Instead, Ramsey County will pay the vendor, iDeal Energy, for the first 12 years of power generated at the site. After 12 years, the county will own the panels and the power generated outright.

    The county will still see immediate savings, because the energy costs of the panels will be less than what the county is currently paying Xcel Energy, said Ryan Ries, project manager for the Parks and Recreation Department.

    “It’s still a win for us,” he said.

    The panels are expected to save the county more than $240,000 in energy costs over 40 years. They will cut about 119,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every year, said Parks Director Mark McCabe — the equivalent, he added, of 6,000 gallons of gasoline.

    The county recently installed 124 solar panels on top of the Parks Department’s administration building in Maplewood. The panels, while not quite enough to cover all energy needs of the building, offset most of the costs.

    The panels at the golf course and the administration building will give the county real-time data on the savings, costs, challenges and benefits of using solar power, McCabe said.

    “These are basically two pilot programs that will give us the data we need for a much bigger push,” he said.

    Ramsey County’s goal is to have all nine county parks entirely powered by renewable energy within the next seven years.

    Some of the parks, including Lake Owasso County Park in Shoreview, will be retrofitted with solar panels in the near future. All future parks will be built to produce at least as much energy on site as they consume.

    The county’s biggest challenge will be cutting the amount of energy sucked up at its 11 ice arenas.

    Ice rinks are one of the county’s biggest energy users, accounting for about 85 percent of the energy costs of the entire Parks Department.

    County officials want to cut 35 percent of energy use at the arenas. The county is methodically renovating each of the buildings to install LED lights and more efficient heating and cooling systems.

    The county also has to switch out the refrigeration system beneath each sheet of ice because the ozone-depleting gas R-22, which the county is currently using, will be banned from production by 2020. A switch will be made to a more environmentally friendly ammonia-based coolant, Ries said.

  • 23 Oct 2018 6:37 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    In times of drought, should we make sure golf courses stay green?

    That may be a jarring suggestion for those who view golf courses as a massive drain on water and space. After all, golf courses use nearly 8 billion gallons of water each year in Minnesota and have long been placed in the state’s lowest priority bracket for access to water in times of trouble.

    But Jack MacKenzie, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America says they should move up the list for access to water in exchange for environmentally friendly practices. MacKenzie and his organization are rallying support from lawmakers for such a change ahead of the 2019 Legislative session while touting the environmental positives of golf courses, or as their fliers bill them: “your communities’ largest rain garden.”

    MacKenzie said courses have reduced their water use in recent years and increasingly offer positives, such as recycling water for irrigation and undeveloped spaces for wildlife and pollinators. Those efforts can be improved further with the right incentives, MacKenzie said, namely assurances that when times get tough, golf courses can reduce their water without turning taps off altogether.

    The golf superintendents’ organization represents about 68 percent of golf courses in Minnesota, including public and private courses, MacKenzie said. “There aren’t a lot of business models that allow for a huge capital injection into a property if that property has a threat of closure due to the lack of irrigation water,” MacKenzie told MinnPost last week. “That’s where the golf courses sit right now.”

    Establishing a new category

    The state has six categories for prioritizing access to water, starting with drinking water and water used by power producers, followed by agricultural irrigation, food processing and more. Golf courses are currently in the lowest bracket: nonessential users

    That means if a local water system faces a lack of water, permits of certain water users can be suspended — starting with those in the nonessential category. That’s a rare event, Mackenzie admits, but the dust-up over water levels at White Bear Lake has left some in the golf industry worried for what the future holds.

    Last year, a judge ordered new regulations on groundwater users within five miles of the lake, including banning residential lawn sprinkling when lake levels fall below a certain threshold. Golf courses were exempt from that watering ban, and lake water levels have been more normal as of late

    And though Lawmakers delayed the ruling from taking effect until July 2019, MacKenzie noted there are eight golf courses near the lake, and at least some could be affected by future restrictions based on the court ruling. (The DNR also released an analysis Wednesday saying groundwater use has contributed to those lower water levels, but that such irrigation bans would have “minimal effect on lake levels.”)

    MacKenzie said his organization is suggesting the state establish a seventh category of water users he described as “environmental steward.” He said golf courses wishing to be in that bracket could be required to meet set of tough environmental and water-use rules designated by the state and agree to have their water ratcheted down significantly in times of drought, as long as there’s enough for a bare minimum of upkeep, or, as he put it, “greens and tees.”

    Besides incentivizing greener management of golf courses, MacKenzie said it would avoid “recovery” of drought-stricken courses, which can use more water than “just sustaining your current property.”

    MacKenzie predicted any bill in the Legislature would face some skepticism, and he is indeed correct. State Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis, for one, is opposed to the concept. Wagenius, a member of the House environmental committee, told MinnPost some in agriculture have made similar pitches in the past to get stronger water rights, but she said those who wrote the state’s current laws on water “had a good grasp on what our priorities should be.”

    She warned of a scenario in which special-interest groups try to move Minnesota’s water system to more closely resemble California’s. In that state, certain groups with senior water rights have few limitations on access to water, even during drought. Minnesota’s system has not historically operated on such a first-come-first-served basis as Western states.

    Since the White Bear Lake saga, Wagenius said Minnesota has become more conscious of its groundwater and protecting water availability in general. 

    “The issue is we have priorities, and in a severe drought who gets the water?” she said. “Then you have to say, well is the recreational use of a golf course more important than irrigating a crop? Is it more important than people’s drinking water? That’s the basic issue here.”

    State Rep. Paul Torkelson, chairman of the Legislative Water Commission and a member of the House’s environmental committee, was not so quick to dismiss the concept. Torkelson, R-Hanska, told MinnPost smart water and other conservation practices on golf courses and elsewhere is “something we should encourage.” The House is currently controlled by a Republican majority. 

    MacKenzie is “not asking that golf courses rise to the top — that they be more important than drinking water, for instance,” Torkelson said. “If they’re willing to do other things to conserve water maybe they should be rewarded with not being in the bottom of the barrel, so to speak.”

    Not opposed by environmental groups

    The golf course group’s proposal was also not immediately opposed by some from environmental groups. Greg McNeely, chairman of the White Bear Lake Restoration Association, said he wouldn’t predict an easy road for such a policy, but said he believes golf courses near the lake weren’t among the heaviest water users, and that operators there have been making “leaps and bounds as far as trying to preserve.”

    Don Arnosti, conservation program director at the Izaak Walton League’s Minnesota Division, said the proposal could be good policy — as long as the environmental standards are truly strong. He said they should include water conservation and also practices to reduce fertilizers, pesticides and other nutrients that pollute water.

    MacKenzie acknowledged that in times of severe crisis he would expect state officials to prioritize drinking water ahead of golf courses. But he said golf courses that put in the effort to be rigorously environmentally conscious shouldn’t be treated the same as courses that don’t meet those standards.

    “Golf is fully cognizant that we use water, we get that,” he said. “But we’re also a group of trained professionals who can reduce our water consumptions and still maintain our business viability.”

  • 17 Oct 2018 8:21 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Analysis shows groundwater use is sustainable, but does affect lake

    A scientific analysis recently completed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shows that groundwater use in the White Bear Lake area meets the state sustainability standard. The analysis also shows that groundwater use in the area has contributed to lower water levels in White Bear Lake and that multi-year bans on residential irrigation will have a minimal effect on lake levels.

    A high-level summary is available at www.mndnr.gov/gwmp/wbl. The DNR also published the findings of the analysis in today's edition of the White Bear Press.

    We’re committed to working with local communities to make sure that the waters in and around White Bear Lake continue to provide their many benefits to the people who live and do business there, now and into the future,” said Barb Naramore, DNR assistant commissioner. “This analysis provides a valuable tool for those efforts.”

    The DNR conducted this analysis in response to an August 2017 Ramsey County District Court ruling, which directed the DNR to determine whether existing water appropriation permits within 5 miles of White Bear Lake meet the state’s sustainability standard, both individually and cumulatively. That ruling also required the DNR to impose a variety of conditions on existing water permits in the area, including requirement that communities ban residential irrigation when White Bear Lake is below 923.5 feet in elevation.

    As part of ongoing efforts to manage water resources in the north and east metro area, the DNR has worked with a consultant to develop a state-of-the-science groundwater flow model. This new tool allows modelers to assess the impacts of various pumping scenarios on lake and aquifer levels over time and distinguish among the relative impacts of groundwater use in different areas. Previous models could not make these kinds of assessments. 

    Using this new model, the DNR evaluated whether permitted pumping within a 5-mile radius of White Bear Lake is sustainable as defined in state law. The analysis confirmed that the state standard would be met even if all currently permitted groundwater users were to pump the maximum amount allowed for multiple years in a row.  

    The state sustainability standard requires:

    • Groundwater use does not jeopardize future groundwater supplies.
    • Groundwater use does not harm the White Bear Lake ecosystem.
    • Groundwater use does not degrade the water quality of White Bear Lake.
    • Groundwater use does not lower water levels beyond the reach of public water supplies or private domestic wells.

    The DNR used the groundwater model to look at impacts based on four different scenarios: no groundwater use, existing groundwater use, existing groundwater use with a temporary residential irrigation ban, and maximum groundwater use with all permitted users pumping as much as allowed for multiple years in a row.

    Water levels in White Bear Lake fluctuate naturally. Such fluctuations benefit lake health by promoting the growth of vegetation that provides aquatic habitat and stabilizes shorelines. The model shows that pumping groundwater increases these fluctuations, particularly on the lower end of the lake's water level range, making the lows lower. 

    While current groundwater use does not violate the sustainability standard, lower water levels, particularly those below 922.0 feet, do disrupt or diminish some recreational uses of the lake. In order to support these recreational uses, the DNR established a protective elevation of 922.0 feet in 2016. With the new model, the DNR is now able to work with the permit holders having the greatest influence on White Bear Lake, to identify potential changes to water use that can help support recreational uses of the lake.  

    Over the next few months, the DNR will meet with area cities, businesses and residents to discuss the analysis and its implications. The agency is working with these local interests to implement a groundwater management plan that ensures continued sustainability. A copy of the technical analysis and other information is available at www.mndnr.gov/gwmp/wbl.

  • 11 Oct 2018 2:10 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Tired of smelling like gas after using your landscaping equipment? That smell is from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air pollutants, that come from gas-powered landscaping equipment. These emissions impact employee health and the air quality in the populated communities the equipment serves. Using electric-powered equipment has many benefits including:

    • No smell – Safer for employee health and more pleasant to work with
    • Lighter -- Easy to use, haul up, and carry across distances and multiple locations
    • Powerful -- Equal performance to gas in most applications
    • Saves money -- No more buying gas. Save lost productivity from less maintenance and time spent in the shop as well down time from flooding.
    • Safer for employees -- Reduces respiratory health impacts, lessens hearing loss, eases cord and lifting-related injuries, and reduces cuts and burns
    • Battery life - Often a short charge time and battery lasts for hours

    Up to $300,000 in grant funding available to switch from your old, 2-cycle gasoline to electric-powered landscaping equipment.

    The maximum grant amount is $24,000. There are 50% grant funds to replace and scrap your equipment, and 30% grant funds for complementary purchases, so you can still keep your current equipment. Example equipment: pole saws, string or hedge trimmers, leaf and backpack blowers, lawn mowers, and chain saws.

    Eligible applicants include all Minnesota-based businesses under 500 employees, governmental agencies, educational institutions, non-profits, or trade groups/associations. Special consideration given for targeted applicants in environmental justice and highly urbanized areas.

    The easy, 2-page application has a calculator to help you figure out emissions -- all you need to know is the horsepower, hours used annually, and estimated remaining life left on your gas engine. The calculator does the rest!

    Apply now! Deadline: December 5, 2018.

    Projects of all sizes encouraged to apply! Find grant materials on the MPCA grants to improve air webpage. For general questions, contact kari.cantarero@state.mn.us or 651-757-2875.

    Over $15,000 has already been awarded to organizations switching to battery-powered landscaping equipment. These purchases reduced VOCs by 11.3 tons, NOx by 0.04 tons, and PM by 0.33 tons per year.

    The estimated 20 million small engines sold each year in the U.S. are the largest single contributor to non-road emissions. The average gasoline push mower creates nearly 15 pounds of air pollution an hour – the same amount of pollution as driving your car for 200 miles. Landscaping equipment emissions are not regulated and a large contributor to bad air quality, which is why the MPCA is relying on voluntary efforts to reduce these emissions in populated areas.

  • 04 Oct 2018 5:25 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Have an employee who is interested in the turf management industry but needs a nudge?  Desire to "brush up" on your knowledge at an incredible price and convenient times?  Looking for some great base knowledge from the convenience of your home?

    Check out the Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science

    MGCSA members or sponsored individuals can apply for registration scholarship too!

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