CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A group of golfers is concerned with more than their handicap. They say fish are dying at their Cape Coral country club and fear their greens are next.
This is taking place at the Palmetto-Pine Country Club. Officials say they've got the growing problem of silt sliding into their irrigation system with a shrinking supply of water. They're begging the city to fix the problem before it's too late.
Palmetto Pines Country Club Treasurer Stephen Qua is concerned over water quality. "We've created sort of a perfect storm, we had a dry season where we really need the water and we cant get the water," he said.
The aftermath of recent dredging in area canals, he says, is causing silt to slide into the very canal the club uses to water the course. "When we start getting trouble with the water, it puts us in trouble," he said.
The club pumps 17-million gallons of water from their canal a month. "We've had problems with the PH of the water coming out now, and we have a problem with the dissolved oxygen in the water we're getting some fish kills," said Qua.
He's afraid the water will soon turn the green golf grass to this shade of brown. He says he's asked the city for help many times and says the response hasn't been up to par.
"I'm sure they get a lot of complaints but this one is serious with us," he said.
Cape Coral councilman Lenny Nesta tells us he has a crew out to look at the scene. "We just as of today had people out there trying to figure out what their issues were," said Nesta.
As for Qua, he hopes something can be done to clear up the problem. "This is our prime season," he said.
Country club officials are asking the city to dredge their canal in hopes of removing the layers of silt they say are clogging their system.