Florida golf courses use up to 3% of the state's water each year, but when heavy rains arrive, the courses' thousands of acres of turf grass send clean water back to water distribution plants. "[Golf courses] get a bad rap for water use, but they can absolutely help the environment," says Joellen Lampman of Audubon International. "Golf courses act as an extra filtering system for water that is high in salt, nitrogen and phosphorus."

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