Dear Turfgrass Field Professionals,
We need you! To educate legislators on durable grass fields and funding for grass fields - to tell them that GRASS CAN TAKE IT!
Please consider writing testimony and perhaps testifying in person March 7. Either way- If you want Senator Manno’s office to make and deliver the required 30 copies for you please see instructions below and email the testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than NOON on March 5th. Please also cc email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
(and just a warning- as soon as you talk about $50,000 per year or more for maintenance they jump on it as "grass can’t take it" because the high cost of grass maintenance vs quoted $10,000 for synturf which needs more maintenance to be safe but often doesn’t get that maintenance or testing
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
WE NEED TO ADD GRASS and GRASS BUSINESS INFO to our message. Please recommend additional references and language)
Who will be resubmitting/ submitting written testimony by March 5 (see instructions below)?
WE NEED to add more athletes, coaches, GRASS INDUSTRY/ BUSINESS EXPERTS and PARENTS who will be able to testify March 7 for the Senate Bill 1 pm
PLEASE WRITE and PLEASE INVITE OTHERS TO WRITE -In just ten minutes, you can make a HUGE difference to protect both children and the environment from hazardous materials on sports fields and playgrounds.
Please provide Testimony on: SB0763: "Use of Public Funds - Playground and Athletic Field Surfaces - Preferences and Prohibitions"
On March 7th, at 1 PM. SB 0763 will be presented in the Maryland State Senate. http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=01&id=sb0763&tab=subject3&ys=2018RS
“Establishing a preference for the use of state-of-the-art natural surface materials in any projects to construct playgrounds or athletic fields using public funds; prohibiting the use of State funds to finance any portion of a project to build a new, or replace an existing, playground or athletic field with a synthetic surface; and providing for the prospective application of the Act.”
If you want to do some more research or want more information please see: Www.safehealthyplayingfields.org ; Www.ehhi.org; Www.synturf.org
By the end of 2018 at least 100 million pounds of plastic and tire waste will have entered air water and landfills from disposal of synthetic turf fields. An equivalent amount of petroleum-based plastic will be used to create new fields. Children face unique risks from toxins, heat, hardness and abrasions playing on plastic fields (with any kind of infill) or playgrounds made from tires. Infection due to abrasions is one major risk). For a good overview about the health hazards see: http://www.center4research.org/nchr-letter-dc-city-council-artificial-turf/. Here are some basic background documents: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YVdM6ddWmm117NRhnTWVOyifaz0A0NUl
Instructions on how to submit your testimonial:
Testimony Letter Format Click Here
The Maryland Turfgrass Council P.O. Box 389, St. Michaels, MD 21663 Phone: (443) 742-6618