New Waves May 2008

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Book summarizes turfgrass use, water management in urban landscapes

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) recently published the book, “Water Quality and Quantity Issues for Turfgrasses in Urban Landscapes.”

The book is composed of 16 presentations from 25 water, turf, and landscape specialists, who addressed a three-day workshop in 2006 hosted by CAST. Dr. James Beard, a retired professor of Texas A&M University’s Soil and Crop Sciences Department, and Dr. Mike Kenna of the U.S. Golf Association co-chaired the task force and wrote the executive summary.

The workshop proceedings provide a science-based summary of strategies for turfgrass use and water management in urban landscapes that will assist policy making and regulation agencies to understand the uses of turfgrasses in urban environments and proper irrigation practices, according to a CAST flyer on the publication. It also benefits university scientists; water providers; local, state, and federal policy personnel; and turfgrass industry/association representatives by providing a comprehensive summary of what can be done to conserve potable water, use recycled water and protect valuable drinking water from pollution.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the book, visit CAST’s Web site.

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