Water Monitoring In Progress by Mark Scenna EMP's often show that the water quality leaving a golf course is actually better quality than before it entered, demonstrating a "buffering effect."

The requirements from provincial legislation concerning the prevention of hazardous substances entering the natural environment are numerous. They include; provincial Environmental Protection, Pesticide and Water regulations, guidelines and even municipal by-laws. Thus, it is quite evident that contamination to the natural environment is highly regulated.

An Environmental Monitoring Program performed on a golf course is a valuable way of receiving feedback about the effectiveness of your maintenance operating practices. It can demonstrate to the community that the water leaving the property complies with provincial regulations and moreover the golf course is a benefit for the surrounding environment. More importantly, it can be used as a management tool to encourage the careful and systematic assessment of specific workplace hazards and the specific actions required to avoid the occurrence of a violation or hazard. Based on sound, scientific principles, the results can be a powerful tool to help you confirm that you are employing the correct management strategies and communicating your stewardship activities. According to Audubon International, there are three major goals of a monitoring program, including;

  1. Establish a baseline of water and sediment quality,
  2. Provide data that will establish environmental conditions, thus providing a basis for measuring compliance with environmental regulations,
  3. Ensure that IPM is functioning properly and that no negative impacts have developed.

What parameters should you analyze & why?

Golf Course Map Monitoring surface water at the entrance, mid-point & outflow at a golf course provides a feasible quality assessment.
  • Nitrate Nitrogen, Ammonia Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus, Turbidity, Dissolved O2 and pH as suggested by Audubon International to fulfill the “Water Quality Monitoring” component of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses;
  • Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) at your Equipment wash area; petroleum hydrocarbons have stringent soil placement values in accordance with provincial and federal guidelines and have a tendency to wash off equipment during cleaning practices.
  • General Drinking Water Quality Parameters, E.Coli Bacteria & Total Coliforms at drinking water fountains to delineate any concerns of contamination.
  • When accepting fill on your property, it is a diligent practice to have the material pass a “T-CLP” analysis prior to it arriving.