[Powderworks] Re: Golf courses
Thu, 21 Mar 2002 14:13:10 GMT
Where I come from golf courses use tonnes of pesticides on a
near daily basis, these are all allowed to run directly into
the nearest stream, lake, or groundwater recharge area which
suplies drinking water for the majority of the rural
Irrigation is intense, if the water source is a well, a
"cone of depression" will result where the water table near
the golf course is lowered significantly. Often this
lowering of the water table results in the wells of nearby
homes going dry, in which case they must either have water
trucked in or have their well drilled deeper at great
If the golf course uses a stream as a water source the
impact can be even greater. I have seen a number of streams
that used to flow past a golf course but now only flows as
far as the pump where every drop of water is used to keep
the course an unseasonal hue of green in the driest time of
the year. This has a huge impact on fish, wildlife and
wetlands found downstream of the course.
Sorry, it bothers me that golf courses have such a "green"
image when often they have a far greater impact than the
farm or pasture or forest that used the land previously.