November 12, 2004
The Ministry of the Environment (hereinafter referred to as the "MoE") has compiled the monitoring results of golf course runoff conducted by prefectural governments in FY 2003 according to the Provisional Guidelines for Prevention of Water Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals used at Golf Links (hereinafter referred to as the "guidelines"). The concentration of 45 agricultural chemicals in runoff at 1,233 golf courses was monitored for 60,858 samples, and no sample exceeded the guideline targets(Table 1).
In order to prevent water pollution caused by agricultural chemicals used at golf courses, the MoE notified the guidelines to the prefectural governments in May 1990, in which the method of water quality survey and guideline targets, which are the concentration of the 45 target agricultural chemicals at the drain outlet are provided. Prefectural governments submit reports on the monitoring results to the MoE every year since FY 1990(Table 2).
|* Table 1||FY 2003 Survey Results of Water Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals Used at Golf Courses|
|* Table 2||Trend in Water Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals Used at Golf Courses|