ClubCorp Makes Mess in Anthem Wash

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This photograph, looking south and down the mountain from the Anthem Golf & Country Club maintenance facility, shows dried turf paint that had flowed about 165 feet down the wash. Photos: ADEQ

Turf paint used to colorize grass has been leaching into a wash on the flanks of Daisy Mountain from an Anthem Golf & Country Club maintenance facility, staining part of the wash green. State inspectors also found “numerous pieces of trash” in the wash, including discarded turf-product bags, nitrile rubber gloves, and grass clippings.

In an unannounced inspection of the facility Feb. 9 based on information provided by In&Out Publications, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality found dry residue of Endurant Turf Paint that had flowed from a set of weep holes in the block wall at the southwest corner of the paved facility and also from under an unused gate. The green stain extended about 165 feet down the wash, inspectors reported.

The facility, at 2531 West Anthem Club Drive, is within the Persimmon golf course section of the club. It is also used for vehicle maintenance and storage of chemicals and equipment. ADEQ found that workers tested equipment after filling tanks by spraying the chemicals onto the ground.

“No control measures were in place to prevent discharge of pollutants,” said ADEQ spokesperson Erin Jordan.

However, soil and water tests from the wash found no concerning levels of any hazardous chemicals, Jordan said. The facility also prepares herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals for spraying on the golf course. Endurant, maker of the turf paint, markets it as organic and “environmentally responsible” compared to using the amount of water and fertilizer needed for overseeding.

ClubCorp, owner of the facility, was required to pick up the trash, clean the paved area within the facility, and demonstrate how it will prevent further discharge. It is also now required to conduct a running inventory of hazardous waste generated.

No fines were issued. “We try not to be too heavy-handed, but instead seek cooperation,” Jordan said.

ADEQ will not require ClubCorp to remove the green stain from the wash, deciding that putting equipment into the ravine could be more damaging than letting the stain fade away with time and rain, Jordan said. The site will be re-inspected after the monsoon.

The wash drains ultimately to New River via Deadman Wash, crossing under I-17 near the Daisy Mountain Drive exit.

“ClubCorp personnel have been cooperative,” Jordan said.

“Anthem Country Club is happy to confirm that the issues raised by ADEQ have been addressed,” ClubCorp Communications Manager Patty Jerde said in a statement to In&Out Publications today. “The Club is in compliance and takes the health of our members and guests and the protection of the environment seriously and we are committed to meeting all ADEQ standards.”

ADEQ is responsible for enforcing environmental laws to prevent pollution and ensure cleanup. Citizens can report potential environmental issues at

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Turf paint and other chemicals were added to tanks in the maintenance facility, then sprayed on the pavement to test the equipment before applications.
turf paint flowed into wash
Turf paint, dry when the inspection was done, had flowed out these weep holes …
turf paint flowed out of facility
… and under this unused gate …
turf paint flowed into wash
… then down a roughly 15-foot embankment into the wash, where it then flowed south about 165 feet.

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Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites and Live Science. He has written four novels. .

Robert Roy Britt

NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites and Live Science. He has written four novels. .

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