We asked company representatives to comment on water issues and what their products can do to help superintendents be more efficient in achieving healthy turf.

Carla Ott, President/ Otterbine-Barebo

Q: Why should superintendents be concerned about water quality?

A: Water quality sustains ecological processes that support fish populations, vegetation, wetlands and birdlife. Clearly, superintendents are environmental leaders and stewards in that they have the potential to positively impact the environment of the golf course by the way they manage the course and the water on the course. The impact they make on a course ultimately ends up affecting not only their courses but all the surrounding land and water.

Q: More than ever, superintendents are looking to you for answers to help them with water quality. Is there pressure that comes with this responsibility? Why or why not?

A: The pressure that comes with manufacturing pond and lake aeration systems comes from trying to make sure superintendents are educated on pond and lake management and the benefits of pond aeration. Otterbine-Barebo has been manufacturing independently tested pond and lake aeration equipment for more than 50 years. Superintendents need to look for accredited third-party oxygen transfer testing and safety testing. Furthermore, finding a distributor/installer that is trained in lake management will make all of the difference in creating success for the superintendent and the golf course.

Q: How can superintendents use your company’s product to improve water quality?

A: Otterbine pond and lake aeration products improve water quality by creating currents that eliminate stagnant water and induce oxygen into the water column. Otterbine systems bring oxygen-rich cool water to warm surface water, helping to eliminate thermal stratification. Aeration also replenishes the depleted oxygen and encourages the production and longevity of healthy aerobic bacteria that consume excess nutrients and returns the water feature to a healthy and stable ecosystem.