Golf courses provide a number of important environmental benefits but subject to myriad environmental regulations. Regulated areas at golf facilities include fuel storage, nutrient use, disposal of used oil, pesticide use, irrigation, above ground and underground storage tanks, spill prevention and notification, and wetlands concerns. The specific requirements applicable to a golf facility will be highly dependent on its operation and location.
Superintendents should be aware of relevant environmental regulations and these environmental regulations are constantly changing.
The Environmental Protection Agency was created to protect 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 a golf facility: