Golf courses effect the pollution and depletion of water resources

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction........3

2 Golf courses and their use of water resources.........4

3 Positive & negative impacts on use of water related 5

to Golf Courses 5

4 What can be done to preserve the environment 6

5 General present situation of Golf courses in the U.S............8

5.1 North Shore Country Club Glenview, Illinois.............8

6 Conclusion..........9

7 References..........10

1 Introduction

Because of the growth of world population, mass consumption and pollution, the availability of drinking water is decreasing. For this reason, water is an essential resource on the earth, and an important element in many political conflicts. Some have predicted that clean water will become the "next oil", making Canada, with this resource in abundance, possibly the richest country in the world. UNESCO's World Water Development Report (WWDR, 2003) from its World Water Assessment Program indicates that, in the next 20 years, the quantity of water available to everyone is predicted to decrease by 30% - 40%.

More than 2.2 million people died in 2000 from diseases related to the consumption of contaminated water or drought. In 2004, the UK charity Water Aid reported that a child dies every 15 seconds due to easily preventable water-related diseases. Fresh water use in agriculture, high-tech manufacturing, energy production and entertainment is increasingly receiving attention as a resource requiring better management and sustainable use.

We are going to focus on water sustainable use and management in a special form of entertainment - golf.

In the desert or dry places, it takes huge amounts of water to keep a golf course alive and practicable. Most of the resorts in USA, if not all, have golf courses. But none of them get enough rain to keep these green. They, in that case, use water from rivers or lake or if none of this...