State approves water use requested by golf course

September 09, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has approved a critical water permit for an 18-hole golf course near Mount Airy.

Water Resources Administration officials issued a 14-page permit on Friday that authorizes Kettler Brothers Inc. of Gaithersburg to withdraw an average of 60,000 gallons of water per day from three wells.

The water will be used to irrigate Challedon, a 350-acre golf course to be built two miles northwest of Mount Airy. The permit further authorizes the course to withdraw 230,000 gallons per day for the month of maximum use. Water also will be drawn to service Challedon's club house.

The project, which could include about 140 home sites on a total of 618 acres, is to be on Gillis Falls Road between Route 27 and Cabbage Spring Road.

At a public hearing in March on the permit, several residents expressed concerns about effects of the project on private wells. Some feel concerns went unanswered.

"Everyone is afraid it will be too much water use," said Leslie Glazier, who works at a nearby farm.

Mary Groft, of Cabbage Spring Road, said she has similar fears and is concerned about the impact of the course on nearby wetlands.

"It sounds like a lot of water to me, and the county already has enough golf courses," she said. "Besides, they will be using chemicals on the course, which could get into the water."

Joel Herman, of R. E. Wright Associates, said Challedon's water use would not affect nearby wells. "Most of us are resigned to it," said Bill Holmes, owner of an 88-acre Thoroughbred farm that abuts the proposed development. "I am hoping it won't affect me."

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