Environmental Concerns for Sports Facilities

From field runoff to MRSA in locker rooms, sports facilities have a variety of potential pollution concerns. These exposures are forcing sports and recreation sites to take a closer look at their safety measures and risk management programs. Check out some of the recent news stories relating to environmental problems affecting sports facilities:

The Cautionary Tale of Carl Nicks
The threat of MRSA infections amongst NFL players does not have the same cache as concussions. Nevertheless, they are endings careers just as dramatically.

Legionnaire’s disease bacteria reported at Gwinnett YMCA
Cases of the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease have been reported by multiple J.M. Tull Gwinnett YMCA attendees.

Portland’s effort to reduce use of toxic pesticides is sorely needed
The city of Portland appears poised, after a long review, to adopt an ordinance to protect the community from the unnecessary use of toxic pesticides in the maintenance of park landscapes, playing fields and lawns. The ordinance, if passed, will stop the use of hazardous pesticides citywide.

ARS Scientists Explore Ways to Minimize Runoff from Golf Courses
More than 20 million people play golf on the estimated 14,000 golf courses in the United States. As Americans head for the links this year, golf course managers and superintendents know it’s important not only to maintain the greens and fairways, but also to minimize the risk of pesticides and fertilizers flowing into nearby ponds, streams or lakes.

The Never-Ending Battle Against Sport’s Hidden Foe
The first thing Colgate University did was purchase a sophisticated $14,000 machine that used ozone gas, not water or detergent, to disinfect all its athletes’ gear. An ice hockey player had come down with a staph infection, and Colgate, fearing the severe and sometimes fatal form of it known as MRSA, was not going to take any chances.

Does Your School Have Artificial Turf? Read this.
Since the spring of 2017, a group called DC Safe Healthy Playing Fields has been advocating for the District to stop the use of synthetic turf and poured-in-place (PIP) playing surfaces made of recycled rubber.

Decision delayed for charter school planned for northern Durham County [Sports field runoff]
Neighbors contend the school would increase traffic along the rural road and clog nearby roads that are already well-traveled and too narrow to handle additional traffic. They have also expressed concern about the potential harm to nearby Little River Reservoir as a result of a 3,000 gallon a day septic field that would be installed in the South Reservoir Wildlife Habitat Area and chemical runoff into the reservoir from sports fields and other cleared areas at the proposed school.

As summer camp prepares for the season, questions about lead-contaminated soil linger
About 700 young children are expected to participate in day camps at Rosedale Camp Grove this summer, raising concerns about lead exposure in an area near a battery plant that has contaminated soil not yet remediated.