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Earth Day at the NSC

04/22/2014, 1:45pm CDT
By Ashley Marston, MPCA Green Corps Member

Happy Earth Day from all of us at the National Sports Center (NSC). Earth Day, which began in 1970, is celebrated worldwide each year with events to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

At the NSC, we take our responsibility to minimize the effects we have on the earth very seriously. And with the snow finally melting off the fields this spring, here are some of the specific operational steps we take to minimize the impact of our turf management on our playing fields and the Victory Link golf course.

The NSC consumes over 100 million gallons of water every year to keep our turf green and healthy. With that amount of demand, the NSC decided to build three retention ponds on campus that collect storm water runoff, rather than depending the city water supply for irrigation. Each pond is equipped with a pump that allows the NSC to provide 100 percent of its turf watering needs from runoff.

Our turf operators use organic fertilizer on the golf course and a non-phosphorus based, slow-release chemical fertilizer on the playing fields. Although these tend to be more expensive choices, it allows the NSC to effectively maintain the turf with less chemicals.

The NSC practices many more environmentally driven initiatives. If you would like to hear more about them, please stop by the NSC booth at the Green Expo on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. This FREE event will be held at the Schwan Center on the NSC campus. For more details visit us on the web at:

Ashley Marston is a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Green Corps Member who has been working with NSC staff to develop sustainability and long-range energy plans for the NSC.

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