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Quail Ridge Country Club LLC

Boston, MA: (Jun-05-07) Attorney General Martha Coakley and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) filed charges against Quail Ridge Country Club LLC, the corporate owner of a 160 acre golf course and country club located in Acton. The lawsuit alleged Quail Ridge violated the Massachusetts Water Management Act (MWMA) and a 2003 Administrative Consent Order with MassDEP by withdrawing significantly more water from its on-site wells to irrigate the golf course than the law allows and without obtaining the required permit from MassDEP. Under the MWMA, water withdrawals must not exceed an average daily volume of more than 100,000 gallons per day during its peak 90 day-period (equivalent to 9 million gallons); unless the user has obtained a permit from the MassDEP.

According to the company's own records, Quail Ridge withdrew as much as 12 to 13 million gallons of water from the wells in a 90-day period during the years 2005 and 2006. Records also show that during those years the company exceeded daily water withdrawal limits on more than 300 occasions. The complaint further alleged that Quail Ridge failed to properly monitor stream flow in the Nagog Brook, which is part of the Nashoba River Basin that includes the Assabet River.

In a settlement reached, the company will pay a $200,000 civil penalty. Additionally, Quail Ridge will fund a $150,000 Supplemental Environmental Project, scheduled to begin in July 2008. [AGO STATE: GOLF COURSE WATER]

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Published on Jun-6-07


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