Results of the Initial Water Quality Monitoring Plan for an Audubon International Signature Course

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Bush, Parshall B.
Workman, Buck
Vendrell, Paul F.
Segars, William I.
Jackson, C. Rhett
Perkins, Robert
Hatcher, Kathryn J.
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Cateechee Golf Club (Hartwell, GA) is an Audubon International Signature Course. To establish and maintain this distinction, a golf course must adhere to Audubon Society requirements for environmentally-friendly course management and check the efficacy of that management through an extensive, on-going water-quality monitoring program. The golf course serves as a land-application area to provide final treatment for the effluent from the Hartwell municipal wastewater treatment facility (MWTF). At Cateechee Golf Club, Cedar Creek and two other tributaries enter the property and converge, into one stream before flowing off-site. To date, Cateechee Golf Club has been able to maintain high quality water in all streams and ponds. Water quality in Cedar Creek has improved dramatically since land application of wastewater effluent began and it is no longer discharged into the stream. In an effort to anticipate potential problems, the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL) is closely monitoring high sodium and salinity in the effluent for potential impacts to turf production and soil hydrologic properties.
Sponsored and Organized by: U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology
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