The Harwich Port, Mass. club had sought a motion to dismiss a Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Conservation Law Foundation, which claims that Wychmere’s septic system does little to reduce the amount of nitrogen and other nutrients that reach groundwater and travel into the adjacent saltwater bodies. A similar suit was also filed…
Under terms of the settlement, the 145-acre golf course is guaranteed an adequate supply of water from the basin beneath the course while the city of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., may continue to operate a groundwater recovery plant without risks of litigation. The club sued the city in 2014, saying its ability to operate was being jeopardized by the city’s extraction of water as a source of drinking water.
Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury and Oneka Ridge Golf Course in Hugo are keeping their greens irrigated with storm water collection systems.
The Southern California area’s water district has only connected one new golf course to the Mid-Valley Pipeline, which distributes non-potable water, since its completion in 2009. The water district plans to set goals and establish a timetable to wean golf courses off groundwater in an effort to alleviate pressures on an overused aquifer.