Golf Course Water Stewardship
The Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP) protects groundwater and surface water resources by advancing turfgrass management practices, preventing pollution, and increasing regulatory compliance within the golf industry. The Program represents a partnership between the MDARD, Michigan State University, and the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation.
MTESP staff work with golf course superintendents to conduct golf course site visits that identify environmental risks on the property, and develop Environmental Action Plans to address those risks. Golf courses that have identified and abated all environmental risks on the property become "Certified" in MTESP. Currently, 71 properties participate in the Program and 25 are certified. Learn more about MTESP.