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Live Webcast Of The Intelligent Use Of Water Summit XIII: Play On! Water Issues in Today’s Sport Turf Environment, January 24, 2013 At 8:00 AM EST

Water Quality, Turfgrass Science, Irrigation Technology and Sports Turf Design To Be Discussed by Panel of Experts; Best Selling Author, Charles Fishman To Deliver Keynote Address

AZUSA, CA (January 17, 2013) – Rain Bird, announced today that it will provide the opportunity for a global audience to view and participate in the upcoming Intelligent Use of Water Summit XIII: "Play on! Water Issues in Today’s Sport Turf Environment" through a LIVE Webcast from Michigan State University beginning at 8 am EST on January 24, 2013.

Available for public viewing on and on Rain Bird’s Facebook fan page, the morning-long symposium will focus on providing greater insight into the science and application sides of turf management in a water sensitive environment.

Presented in partnership by Rain Bird and the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF) at Michigan State University, The Intelligent Use of Water Summit XIII: "Play on! Water Issues in Today’s Sport Turf Environment" will feature brief presentations by a panel of experts followed by a moderated discussion that further examines the topics of water quality, turfgrass science, irrigation design and sports turf course design as it relates to efficient water use.

Charles Fishman, New York Times best-selling author of the book, The Big Thirst will deliver the keynote address following the panel discussions. Each panel discussion will feature turfgrass, environmental and water experts, including:

• 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 
• Carol Colein - Executive Director, ASIC
• Murray Cook - President, Brickman Sports Turf
• Mitchell Langley - Owner, MDL Consulting
• Jon Allan – Director, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes
• Greg Lyman - Environmental Programs Director, GCSAA

In addition to watching the live webcast of the Summit’s panel discussions and presentations, viewers will also have the opportunity to participate in the Intelligent Use of Water Summit by submitting questions for the panelists via Rain Bird’s Twitter (@RainBirdCorp) feed and Facebook fan page.

Established in 2004 as a forum to further define the relationship between water conservation and outdoor water use, The Intelligent Use of Water Summit series presents a view on the current and future state of water resources through the eyes of water conservation and environmental experts. Previous summit locations have included: Pasadena, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; Tempe, Ariz.; Madrid, Spain; Aix-en-Provence, France; Melbourne, Australia; Washington DC and Fresno, Calif.

For those interested in attending the Summit in person, registration is free of charge and available online at

For updates on all of Rain Bird’s Intelligent Use of Water initiatives, follow @RainBirdCorp and visit Rain Bird’s Facebook page.

Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded over 450 patents worldwide, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water ® is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world.

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