Golf courses provide a number of important environmental benefits. Golf courses are also subject to a myriad of environmental regulations. Many areas of golf facilities are regulated including fuel storage for golf course equipment and golf cars, nutrient use, disposal of used oil, pesticide use, turf irrigation, aboveground and underground storage tanks, spill prevention and notification, and wetlands concerns.
Golf course superintendents should be aware of relevent environmental regulations and these environmental regulations are constantly changing. The specific requirements applicable to a golf facility will be highly dependent on its operation and the state and locality in which it is located.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the U.S. federal government created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment. When Congress writes an environmental law, EPA implements it by writing regulations. Often, EPA sets national standards that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations. If they fail to meet the national standards, EPA can help them. EPA also enforces its regulations, and helps companies understand the requirements.
Below are some of the EPA regulations that may apply to your golf facility: