Client project details
Castine, ME (Environmental Assessment)
The Town of Castine, having worked with EGGI for two decades on a variety of projects involving water supply development and wellhead protection, recommended EGGI to the Castine Golf Club to investigate the environmental impacts of pesticide use. All aspects of pesticide use were evaluated, including assessing chemical characteristics, application rate, leaching potential, chemical persistence, and toxicity. Comparisons were made to other golf clubs in New England, some of which had been monitored for pesticides in groundwater, and some of which had experimented with “organic” golf course management. EGGI’s report concluded that there was no evidence that the Town’s public water supply wells were in any way threatened by the use of pesticides at the Castine Golf Club. The report also provided valuable recommendations for improvements to the Golf Club’s Integrated Pest Management Program.
Before EGGI became involved in this project, there had been considerable disagreement within the local community regarding the potential incompatibility of pesticide use and the protection of public drinking water quality. Since EGGI’s study was completed and the report published, the divisiveness between local entities has substantially diminished, which the Town attributes to the thoroughness of the investigation. The report and EGGI’s recommendations were accepted by all parties, including the Golf Club, the Town, the Maine State Drinking Water Program, and the Board of Pesticides Control.
Our report concluded that there was no evidence that the Town’s public water supply wells were in any way threatened by the use of pesticides at the Castine Golf Club."