Water, Water: Planning for Drought or Limited Supplies

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Presented by the Irrigation Association

Friday, March 2
1 – 3 pm
Las Vegas Hotel & Casino – Pavilion 4

Water restrictions, drought: words that evoke fear in the heart of any superintendent. According to the United States Drought Monitor, thirty-two percent of the continental United States was experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions as of July 31, 2011. Many other areas have experienced drought or some water restriction over the last five years.

Superintendents devote substantial time and resources to develop yearly operating and long range capital budgets. Do you plan for drought or limited water? Most don’t. This session will provide a provocative look at planning for the inevitable. See how innovative superintendents have responded to the challenge and hear from regulators who, while recognizing the benefits of the golf industry, have had to implement restrictive policies. Benefit from these perspectives on how to best present the social and economic benefits of the golf industry and how to communicate the industry’s commitment to conserve our resources and protect the environment.


  • Shawn Emerson, Director of Agronomy, Desert Mountain Company, Arizona
  • Ken Mangum, CGCS, Director of Golf Course & Grounds, Atlanta Athletic Club, Georgia
  • Kathy Nguyen, Senior Projects Manager, Water Conservation Program, Cobb County Water System, Georgia
  • Patrick Watson, CGCS, Conservation Services Administrator, Southern Nevada Water District, Nevada