June 30, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Environmental Stewardship Division Director Jim Johnson today recognized Knollwood Country Club for its efforts to ensure environmental stewardship and enhance wildlife habitat. The golf course recently achieved certification in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP) www.mtesp.org, a nationally recognized program to advance environmental stewardship and increase compliance of Michigan’s turfgrass industry related to environmental risks associated with wellhead protection, pesticide and fertilizer handling, application and record keeping, septic system management, fuel storage, irrigation and water use management areas, and emergency response.

Knollwood Country Club has gone above and beyond environmental compliance requirements to prevent pollution, protect water resources and conserve energy that collectively benefits the environment. By reducing maintained areas on the course, implementing best management practices, and conducting energy audits, they are saving money, protecting natural resources, and reducing their carbon footprint,” said Johnson. “MDARD is proud to be associated with this unique partnership among state agencies, Michigan State University, and industry stakeholders that provide a solid foundation for success as additional properties work to attain certification."

MTESP certification requires regulatory compliance and implementation of practices that prevent pollution, reduce energy and waste, and protect water resources.

“We are very pleased that we can now add Knollwood Country Club to our list of certified facilities. They should be proud of the commitment the management team has made to protecting and preserving the environment.” said Adam Ikamas MTESP Program Director.

“The environmental stewardship program is a great tool to help enhance what we do on a daily basis. We are proud to participate in a program whose focus is on preserving the environment.” said Andrew Keilen, KCC Golf Course Superintendent.

As part of the MTESP certification requirements, an environmental action plan is established during a site visit conducted by program staff and the turfgrass manager or grounds superintendent. The action plan is used as a management tool to prevent potential threats from negatively affecting natural resources with a special focus placed upon the protection of groundwater, which is often the source for irrigation and drinking water.

This program is intended to organize efforts of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. The program was developed at MSU with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF), Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MiGCSA), Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Michigan Golf Course Owners Association (MGCOA), Michigan PGA Section (PGA), Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and the Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA). The Michigan Water Stewardship Program provides the base funding to develop and operate the program.

For more information on the MTESP visit www.mtesp.org, Twitter @MTESP and Facebook.com/MTESP or contact Adam Ikamas at adam@mtesp.org.