Nova Scotia

Grand Lake to water N.S. golf course

Nova Scotia's Department of Environment has approved plans by a suburban Halifax golf course to take more than a million litres of water a day out of Grand Lake to irrigate greens and fairways.
The Oakfield Golf and Country Club has been granted a 10-year permit to take water out of Grand Lake to irrigate greens and fairways. (Oakfield Golf and Country Club)

Nova Scotia's Department of Environment has approved plans by a suburban Halifax golf course to take more than a million litres of water a day out of Grand Lake to irrigate greens and fairways.

The 10-year provincial permit was issued Friday to the Oakfield Golf and Country Club, said Lori Errington, a spokeswoman with the Department of Environment.

The permit will allow the country club to draw a maximum of 1.7 million litres of water a day for irrigation and domestic water supply. Most of the water will be used for irrigation.

Officials with the Oakfield Golf and Country Club told CBC News that consultants predicted little impact on water levels in Grand Lake, a popular recreation area that straddles the Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County.

The permit allows the maximum daily draw of 1.7 million litres of water from April 15 to October 31. For the remainder of the year, the golf club is allowed to draw 200,000 litres.

The Oakfield Golf and Country Club had previously been using nearby Fish Lake for irrigation, but provincial officials told the club to find an alternate source because it was too shallow.

The new permit nearly doubles the amount of water the golf club was previously allowed. Officials with the Oakfield Golf and Country Club said it's unlikely to draw the maximum, but sought the extra supply in case it ever expands from 18 to 27 holes.

The new intake system will be built and tested this season and will go into use in 2012.

Errington said the project was approved Thursday and the course was notified Friday. The permit expires April 15, 2021.

Grand Lake is also used as a water supply for the Municipality of East Hants.

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