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SNGCSA helps sponsor special day for 28 Richard Bryan Elementary students
Published on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 (12:09 p.m.)A fascinating field trip for fifth grade students of Richard Bryan Elementary will undoubtedly remain a great memory for years to come thanks to a helping hand provided by the Southern Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association.
Twenty-eight students arrived at the Durango Hills Water Treatment Center the morning of May 6 before moving on to TPC Summerlin. In both cases, students picked up a wealth of knowledge regarding not only water usage, but also water conservation.
Enthusiastic from the time they arrived for their visit to Durango Hills Water Treatment Center until late in the day at TPC Summerlin, the students were enthusiastic and inquisitive regarding the interesting elements of water usage in Southern Nevada.
Members of the Durango Hills Water Treatment Center and TPC Summerlin applauded the group as not only well-behaved, but also interested during the visits. Speakers explained how the recycling system works and also how wastewater is cleaned up and redistributed to 11 golf courses that include TPC Summerlin, Durango Hills, Angel Park (with three courses), Palm Valley, Highland Falls, Eagle Crest, TPC Las Vegas, Canyon Gate and Badlands.
Among the speakers at Desert Hills Water Resource Center adjacent to Durango Hills Golf Course was Christopher Krizmanic, a civil engineer PE for the Las Vegas Valley Water District.
Krizmanic, 32, explained the importance of water conservation adding that Lake Mead has dropped from record levels in 1983 when water was pouring over the spillway at Hoover Dam to the current levels that are down about 125 feet.
“Every year we add a little bit more to the program,” said Krizmanic, who has now participated for the past five years. “The kids that go to this each year are very intelligent and they relate really well. They were very engaged in the presentation and that makes it all worth it. They always ask a lot of questions and that means a lot to us.”
Marty Lipschultz, a microbiologist with the City of Las Vegas Water Pollution Control Facility was also happy with the event. An avid golfer, he especially appreciated the sponsorship provided by the Southern Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association.
“I really enjoyed doing this,” said Lipschultz, a 59 year-old resident of Las Vegas since 1987. “The microorganisms perform the majority of the removal of the undesirable material. The students especially liked seeing microorganisms that are found in activated sludge. We were able to view that under a high enough magnification to see the details of the various microorganisms.
“The students were very smart and they asked some very good questions. Not only that, but they also had some of the answers. They also enjoyed the technology involved in how a golf course is run. The students were able to tour the golf course and learn the technology involved in operating the golf course.”
The day was multi-faceted with lots of information.
“They even learned that golf course superintendents can turn on individual sprinklers with a cell phone. The golf course is our customer and we provide them with water that is a high enough quality so it can be applied safely on golf courses,” said Lipschultz.
TPC Summerlin Director of Golf Course Maintenance Dale Hahn entered his sixth year helping the students.
“They were enthusiastic all day,” said Hahn. “After lunch, we visited the weather station where they learned about information such as temperature, humidity, wind speed and solar radiation. We convert that into evapotranspiration which tells us how much water we need to put down to compensation for the weather. As conditions change, you have to apply more water.”
Hahn, a 50 year-old native of Chicago who grew up San Diego, also allowed the students to drive the golf carts during the visit. “They did a great job and they were very cautious,” said Hahn. “I always thoroughly enjoy the day and we can’t wait for next year’s event.”