Hayfields plan deemed harmless to area wells

August 15, 1996|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF

Hayfields Farm lies above the Cockeysville marble aquifer that test wells showed can produce sufficient water for a proposed country club and golf course, with no impact on the wells of surrounding areas, hydrogeologists said last night.

Fifteen people attended a hearing at Cockeysville Middle School on the application for the water-use permit, many of them residents of the Greencroft development, who expressed concern that their wells might suffer from the vast water use expected for the golf course proposed by developer Nick Mangione.

James P. Garland, a lawyer who lives in Greencroft and represented the association at the hearing, acknowledged that wells in the subdivision do not have high water yields, unlike those drilled on the Hayfields property.

"We want to be as reasonably sure as we can be that [the development] will not cause more deterioration," Garland said.

Patrick A. Hammond, a hydrogeologist with the water rights division of the state Department of the Environment, said climatic changes such as droughts usually cause water-level changes in wells, but that no unreasonable effects have been felt in high-producing aquifers such as that below Hayfields.

Stephanie Hau of Chesapeake Environmental Management was the hydrogeological consultant on the Hayfields tests. She said the Greencroft homes are in a different watershed from Hayfields and that there is no reason to believe the golf course's well would affect them.

Hammond said Department of Environment studies have not shown any ill effects on wells more than 1,000 feet from an applicant well, and there are no wells that close to the proposed Hayfields well.

John Mangione, who heads the project for his family's business, said he plans to have continuous monitoring of the wells for the golf course, the country club and for 39 houses that will be built eventually on the 475-acre tract at Shawan Road and Interstate 83.

The developer applied for a permit to use an annual daily average of 86,000 gallons with a maximum of 329,000 gallons a day at peak periods for irrigation and potable water at the golf course.

After the first two years, consumption would decline to an annual average of 65,000 gallons a day with a maximum of 280,000 gallons a day during the growing season.

Pub Date: 8/15/96

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