Drought Resource Center

Superintendents across the country often have to deal with the effects of drought. The Drought Resource Center will help you locate comprehensive drought information for your state or region.

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Drought information on the Web

  • Check out EDGE's Water Use and Conservation section - Inside the Water Management section of EDGE, you'll find information about water conservation practices and water use on golf courses including irrigation, conservation plans, effluent water use, turf selection and maintenance, and other related issues that promote environmental stewardship of water. Visit EDGE for best management practices, case studies, books, education opportunities and much more on this topic.
  • Turf and Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices -- The Irrigation Association has developed this document for policymakers and professionals who must save and extend our water supply while protecting water quality. The BMPs will help key stakeholders - policymakers, water purveyors, designers, installation and maintenance contractors, and consumers - to develop and implement appropriate codes and standards for effective water stewardship.
  • Drought Watch - USGS State Information on Drought -- The U.S. Geological Survey's Drought Watch provides hydrologic science and data to water-resource managers and the general public. Select your state from an interactive map to access state-specific drought or general water-resources information.
  • U.S. Drought Monitor -- The U.S. Drought Monitor provides a weekly overview of where in the U.S. drought is emerging, lingering, subsiding or forecast. The Monitor is produced jointly by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, the USDA, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • The National Drought Mitigation Center -- NDMC helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought. The NMDS, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, stresses preparation and risk management rather than crisis management.
  • NOAA Drought Information Center -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Drought Information Center features a list of the various NOAA Web sites related to drought and information on current drought and climate conditions.
  • Be Water-Wise -- The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) Be Water-Wise Web site provides information on the value of landscapes to homeowners and the environment, water and landscape fact sheets, business strategies, and case studies on cities and states dealing with water resource issues.
  • EPA's Water Use Efficiency Program -- This Web site provides an overview of EPA's Water Use Efficiency Program which is primarily concerned with municipal water use. Information from the site can help residences, communities, industy and commercial businesses become more water-efficient.
  • The Water Action Guide - The Green Associations Water Conservation Council, which includes the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, American Nursery and Landscape Association, The Irrigation Association and Turfgrass Producers International, has created an online grassroots guidance and information manual to assist industry professionals in effectively addressing both local and regional water-use issues.

GCSAA drought information resources

  • GCSAA Drought Information Packet -- GCSAA has available a FREE comprehensive information packet full of drought-related articles from Golf Course Management magazine, the USGA Green Section Record, university research and extension reports, and a variety of other sources.
  • "Communicating your role: It comes with the territory" -- This November 2002 GCM article showed how the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents used a time of prolonged drought to bump their public relations efforts up to the top of their priority list.
  • Managing Local Issues -- Learn how to get started managing a local issue that has arisen in your community and threatens your golf course maintenance facility or the golf course management industry. Learn how to get organized and develop and implement an action plan to tackle the issue.
  • "Running dry" -- In this June 2002 GCM article, contributing editor Terry Ostmeyer talks to a number of troubled superintendents as they wrestle with diminishing water supplies and increasing regulations.
  • "Lessons Learned" -- Explore how some superintendents prepared their courses and their golfers for the drought's lingering effects in this November 1999 GCM article.
  • "Syringing: Does it really help?" -- Syringing and hand watering may become important factors during this drought season. This July 1996 GCM article compares the effects of syringing and handwatering on bentgrass greens and the role they actually play in alleviating stress.
  • NEW! Water resource laws
    Information on water withdrawal permitting is now available in the state water withdrawal database located in the Compliance section of GCSAA.org (m). You can find water withdrawal information concerning the agencies that regulate water withdrawal and their permitting requirements. The water withdrawal database also includes state-specific compliance information on permitting fees, laws, and other additional information.

Learn how these GCSAA members and chapters have responded to prolonged drought:

For help addressing drought or other public policy issues, contact the GCSAA Information and Public Policy department at (800) 472-7878.