Press Release

FY 2005 Survey Results of Water Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals Used at Golf Courses

November 2, 2006

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has compiled the results of golf course runoff monitoring conducted by prefectural governments in FY 2005, according to the Provisional Guidelines for Prevention of Water Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals used at Golf Courses (hereinafter referred to as the "guidelines"). The concentration of 45 agricultural chemicals in runoff at 833 golf courses was monitored using 35,687 samples, and none of them exceeded the guideline targets (Table 1).

In order to prevent water pollution caused by agricultural chemicals used at golf courses, the MOE notified the prefectural governments of the guidelines in May 1990. The guidelines provide the method of conducting water quality surveys and guideline targets, which are the maximum concentration of the 45 target agricultural chemicals in the water collected at the drain outlet. Prefectural governments submit reports on their monitoring results to the MOE every year, and have done so since FY 1990. The recent trend derived from these results is shown in Table 2.

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