Industry — Water Conservation

Water Conservation


Do you work in the green industry? Are you looking to learn more about how to apply water conservation practices in your business?

ThinkWater provides educational resources regarding the efficient use of water resources for professional landscape managers, contractors, and designers. We currently partner with several professional organizations to provide continuing education and other resources. Partner organizations include the Oklahoma Irrigation Association, Oklahoma Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Oklahoma Sports Turf Managers Association and the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association.

Best management practices (BMPs) for the irrigation of individual sites can vary significantly based on soil type, compaction, and microclimates. In order to develop best management practices, there are several considerations that are universal to all sites.

  1. Check irrigation systems for any faults. Broken or damaged equipment can be responsible for the loss of a considerable amount of water each day through direct leaks, poor distribution uniformity, and off-target deposition.
  2. Check your system's pressure and precipitation rates. By verifying that you are operating at optimal pressure, water lost to evaporation and drift in the event of misting can be reduced significantly. Knowing your precipitation rate will also help you in determining necessary run times.
  3. Know your landscape's water requirements. Proper hydrozoning of an irrigation system can prevent the unnecessary over/under-watering of one area for the benefit of an adjacent area. There are several ways to determine the needs of your landscape. Luckily, in Oklahoma, we have a fabulous resource in the Oklahoma Mesonet. Through its website, a user can look at the evapotranspiration rate of specific crops, such as warm-season turfgrass and other common landscape elements, as identified by each county's local Mesonet Station.
  4. Check infiltration rates for each area that you believe exhibits different soil characteristics. Many times poor infiltration rates can be overcome by scheduling the irrigation using a cycle and soak approach. In other situations, more drastic action must be taken such as aeration or the incorporation of soil amendments.
  5. Check your water quality as routinely as needed. Brackish water sources can exhibit some variability. It is important to monitor routinely. It's also important to identify the proper means of mitigating problems associated with marginal water quality.

Industry Professionals

For information on how we can help you learn more about water conservation in the Oklahoma green industry, please contact:

Justin Quetone Moss, Associate Professor & Huffine Endowed Professor 
Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
358 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 405-744-5729

Selected Research Publications

Ghimire, M., T.A. Boyer, C. Chung, and J.Q. Moss*. 2016. Consumer’s shares of preferences for turfgrass attributes using discrete choice experiment and best-worst method. HortScience 51:892-898. *Project leader/principal investigator.

Segars, C.A. and J.Q. Moss*. 2014. The effects of athletic field paint color on net photosynthesis and canopy temperature of overseeded perennial ryegrass. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.2134/ATS-2014-0015-BR. *Corresponding author and major advisor to PhD student, Chrissie Segars.

Bell, G.E., Moss, J.Q., and K. Koh. 2013. Nitrogen and phosphorus in natural rainfall runoff from a bermudagrass golf course fairway over a 5-year period. 2013. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. Vol. 12:15-22.

Moss, J.Q.*, X. Xiong, K. Su, B.P. Poudel, and J.B. Haguewood. 2011. Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) golf green tolerance to bispyribac-sodium tank mixed with paclobutrazol. Weed Technol. 26:145-150. *Corresponding author.

Moss, J. Q.*, Bell, G. E., Martin, D. L., and Payton, M. E. 2007. Nutrient runoff from bermudagrass golf course fairways after aerification. [Online]. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2007-0125-02-RS. *Corresponding author.

Moss, J.Q., G.E. Bell, M.A. Kizer, M.E. Payton, H. Zhang, and D. L. Martin. 2006. Reducing nutrient runoff from golf course fairways using grass buffers of multiple height. Crop Sci. 46:72-80.



With passage of House Bill 3055 (The Water for 2060 Act) in 2012, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to establish a bold, statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than was consumed in 2010.