SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Sevierville Golf Club has changed a number of groundwater-friendly practices and been awarded for their conservation efforts.
The golf club has been designated a 2012 Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation.
The environmentally friendly practices have helped to conserve water and reduce the impact to groundwater. This is The Sevierville Golf Club’s first year as a designated Groundwater Guardian Green Site.
Groundwater Guardian Green Sites is a program of The Groundwater Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska with a mission to educate and motivate the public to care about and for groundwater.
Here are some of the practices that have been implemented at the Golf Club to help become a Groundwater Guardian.
· Installation of a state of the art irrigation system that uses water more efficiently and specifically monitors water usage to conserve water.
· Soil testing to reduce nutrient inputs and of “no application zones” around wetlands, streams and ponds.
· Establishing over 9 acres of protected wetlands and the relocation and restoration of approximately 3,780 feet of stream channels.
· Careful selection of native trees and low maintenance shrubs to create buffer zones that require minimal maintenance and prevent fertilizers and pesticides from entering the stream channels and exiting the golf course into The Little Pigeon River.
· Approximately 50 acres of native grasses have been established to reduce fertilizer and pesticide usage by as much as 80 percent. The native grasses also require none to very minimal irrigation water to conserve water use by as much as 30 percent.
· Installation of a self-contained equipment wash pad system that separates oil and harmful chemicals from the wastewater. To prevent any dangerous spills the area also serves as a pesticide mixing station and is used to refuel equipment.