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The Texas Turf Irrigation Association is the state level professional association for licensed irrigation professionals in Texas. Persons active in the Texas irrigation industry are welcome and encouraged to join.

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AMC INDUSTRIES becomes the first Distributor to be a CORPORATE MEMBER of TTIA

TTIA would like to thank AMC Industries for supporting the licensed Texas irrigation professional through its new Corporate membership in TTIA.  AMC is the first of our distributor partners to join at this member designation.

“TTIA and AMC industries has a long standing history of respect and support”, Tres Buchek, vice president and general manager of AMC, recently shared. “We as a company support the Texas licensed irrigation professional, so it is only natural that we would take advantage of the new corporate membership designation, to demonstrate that support as a company.  We look forward to the new exciting things that TTIA is doing to support our industry, and are glad to be a part of it.”

The Corporate membership was approved only last year by the TTIA board, and includes every employee of the corporate members.  Corporate members enjoy unique benefits and recognition from the association.  Stop into an AMC store today and let them know you appreciate their support of the TTIA.

 

Texas Turf Irrigation Association Turns 45!

The Texas Turf Irrigation Association celebrates its 45th year in 2010, and we want to celebrate with the first General Membership meeting in over 10 years.

The best part is, come for the party, stay for the seminar, and earn 8 CEU credits for your professional irrigation license.

About TTIA

The Texas Turf Irrigation Association was created in 1965 as a professional association for the members of the then burgeoning industry of landscape irrigation in Texas.  Today, the TTIA is run by a board of trustees composed of representatives from each local irrigation association in Texas, to best represent licensed irrigators across the state.  Our mission statement is,

To serve the Texas Landscape Irrigation Professional, and to Promote Efficient Irrigation

We work toward the goals of this mission through education opportunities, networking, support of and cooperation with local irrigation associations, and monitoring laws, rules, and trends at the state level that can affect the livelihood of the licensed irrigator in Texas.

 

HB2507 is signed into law by Governor Perry 

In a stunning conclusion to quick work by the Texas Turf Irrigation Association, Governor Rick Perry signed into law HB2507 on June 17, 2011.  This legislation makes it a class C misdemeanor for an individual to install an irrigation system without a license. The TTIA brought the verbage for this bill to representative Chisum of Pampa in January, and worked tirelessly through contact to local representatives, pounding the pavement in Austin to visit with representatives about the bill, and communicating with its members about the bill, to help it pass both chambers of the Texas legislature.

The idea for this bill was born at the January TTIA meeting of the board of trustees, and board and staff members worked quickly to give the idea wings.  What many irrigators communicate to TTIA is that TCEQ rules tend to prosecute licensed irrigators while the unlicensed irrigation contractor goes unpunished.  Many municipal and county judges across the state will not prosecute unlicensed installers because there is no clear punishment for the offense.   TTIA is proud to let its members know that HB 2507 is the direct result of their TTIA representatives working on behalf of its member irrigators across the state, to help give the offense of practicing irrigation without a license the criminality it deserves. It is TTIA’s hope that this bill will help cities pursue enforcement of their landscape irrigation ordinances, as well as discourage individuals from ignoring the rules and regulations that licensed irrigators willingly submit themselves to by obeying Texas state law and keeping their license current.  Having the state of Texas acknowledge that disregarding a set of laws, which risks both the quality of our municipals’ water systems, and the well-being of a large population of professional contractors in Texas, is a critical first step in putting some teeth in the mouth of enforcement.

As a class C misdemeanor, practicing irrigation without a license becomes a crime.  A ticketable, trackable, legally binding offense in the eyes of the law.  TTIA takes very seriously the longevity and success of its members.  This HB is a direct result of TTIA action on behalf of its members, and is the first step of many that TTIA is taking and will take on behalf of its members at the state level.

TTIA and other supporters of this bill hope that the increased risk of financial consequences will discourage unlicensed contractors to practice irrigation, or will encourage them to pursue licensing, so that they can practice irrigation legally.  To read the actual bill, and see a timeline of its trek through the legislature.

If you are reading this and you are not currently a member, PLEASE join TTIA.   Only through coming together can we ever hope to have our voices heard.  

 

“NAVIGATING THE FUTURE, TROUBLESHOOTING THE NEW”  AT THE TNLA EXPO

The TTIA education committee held its annual 8 hour CEU course, during the TNLA expo in August in Dallas.  This year’s class (TCEQ approval in process) was entitlted, “Navigating the Future, Troubleshooting the New”.

Fast being regarded as some of the most affordable CEU hours in the state, this power packed class gave attendees new insights to the state of Texas water, and new water technologies.

Immediately following the class, the second annual -in-a- long-time TTIA General Membership meeting was held.  HB2507, TTIA goals and developments, and how irrigators can get more involved, as well as the state of the association, was presented by Amanda Griffin, Executive Director, and Troy Ellison, TTIA President.