WHAT: The Intelligent Use of Water Summit XIII: “Play on! Water Issues in Today’s Sport Turf Environment” is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2013. Rain Bird and Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF) are partnering to present the Summit at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. 

This unique event will focus on providing greater insight into the science and application sides of turf management in water-sensitive environments. A panel of experts will make brief presentations and then discuss the topics of water quality, turfgrass science, irrigation design, sports turf and golf course design with regard to efficient water use.

WHO: The panel of turfgrass, environmental and water experts includes:

Dr. Ali Harivandi, University of California Cooperative, Extension Area Specialist
Shawn Emerson, Director of Agronomy, Desert Mountain Club
Dr. Stacy Bonos, Rutgers Turfgrass Institute
Kenny Mangum, Director of Golf Courses and Grounds, Atlanta Athletic Club
Mike Boekholder, Head Groundskeeper, Philadelphia Phillies
Carol Colein, Executive Director, ASIC 
Murray Cook, President, Brickman Sports Turf 
Mitchell Langley, Owner, MDL Consulting


A keynote address will be given by Charles Fishman, New York Times best-selling author of the book, The Big Thirst.

WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST

WHERE:  Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

RSVP:  Open to the public. Registration is free of charge. http://mtfconference.org/rain-bird-symposium.html