How Golf BMP Solutions Was Formed


The concept for Golf BMP Solutions began in the fall of 2010, about the same time that the Green Industry and Agriculture became aware of the law suit that was directed at the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. A conglomeration of several large environmental groups called Earthjustice sued the Federal Government, claiming the EPA was not enforcing the National Strategy for the Development of Regional Nutrient Criteria developed for the Clean Water Act of 1972. The objective of this initiative was to encourage all states and tribes to adopt numeric nutrient water quality criteria as a more effective way to protect water resources from nutrient enrichment and to meet specific aspects of the Clean Water Act of 1972.

In 2009 Mike Hamilton, a former golf course superintendent, was working for a biological company that was employed for a project for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Along with being heavily involved in the golf industry, this company was also involved in the agriculture industry and consumer sales for natural biological products. In working with government agencies and industry leaders, it became clear to Mike that the lobbyists hired by the Green Industry and Agriculture were not going to get the Federal Legislation overturned.

In addition, it was becoming clear that the enforcement of the new laws was going to be administered by the EPA. The EPA would oversee the enforcement of these laws on golf courses, farms, and the rest of the green industry in the form of fertilizer ordinances. The emphasis of the Municipal Fertilizer Ordinances are to establish nutrient criteria, fertilizer blackout periods, enforcement policies, and a penalty system for anyone who's not in compliance with the ordinance. The key for all industries affected by the fertilizer ordinances is to become certified and to comply with the EPA Guidelines for Best Management Practices. Although some counties did exempted golf course from blackout dates, they are only exempt if they are in full compliance with the BMP guidelines.

Todd Miller, also a former superintendent, started a company in 1999 called Golf Safety. Golf Safety is a company that works with golf courses in an effort to develop comprehensive Employee Health and Safety Programs, in order to help clubs be in compliance with OSHA regulations.

In 2010 Mike Hamilton started his own company called Turf Dietitian. Turf Dietitian is a company that analyses soil, water, plant tissue, and pest samples. This enables golf course superintendents to minimize their impact of nutrients and pesticides on the environment and to maximize the efficiently of applications.

Todd and Mike, being industry peers for 20 years, often talked about industry trends. In one such conversation they discussed the pending legislation and realized that it would be a monumental task for golf course superintendents to fully comply with the EPA's best management practices. At that conversation, the concept for Golf BMP Solutions was created.

After reviewing the checklist created by the EPA for Best Management Practices for Florida Golf Courses, Todd and Mike realized that about half of the tasks from the checklist were covered through a combination of services offered by both Golf Safety and Turf Dietitian. The remainder of the checklist calls for the development of site specific natural resource management, integrated pest management, and storm water management plans. These plans fit in well with Mike's expertise in the science of the golf industry, and Todd's expertise in organization and developing documented programs.

So in 2011 Golf BMP Solutions was created. Golf BMP Solutions is a company that works with Golf Course Superintendent, in an effort to make it easy for their club to comply with the 2011 Federal National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Regulations. We expertly develop documented site specific natural resource management, integrated pest management, nutrient management, storm water management, and employee health and safety plans that will assure the club to compliance completely with the EPA's Best Management Practices for Golf Courses.