MEDORA, N.D. — A golf course in the Badlands of western North Dakota is coping with its driest season yet.

The Little Missouri State Scenic River is flowing by the Bully Pulpit Golf Course at a significantly below average rate as the region experiences extreme drought, The Bismarck Tribune reported .

The course isn’t in danger of running out of irrigation water because water from the river was pumped and stored in ponds this spring.

“By pumping in the spring, they’re able to take advantage of the higher flows and more volumes of water as a result of spring rains and snowmelt,” said Daniel Farrell, hydrologist manager for the State Water Commission.

Farrell said the golf course has three storage ponds that hold 320 acre-feet (9.06 cubic meters) of water.

Bully Pulpit golf pro Casey Moen said dry temperatures this season have forced the golf course to irrigate more often, using more than 500,000 gallons of water each day to keep turf grass in good shape.

“Our system is basically at max capacity,” Moen said.

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation has a permit from the North Dakota State Water Commission that allows the golf course to acquire water from the river from March 1 to July 1. Moen said the course stopped pumping from the river on June 1.

The permit gives priority to other irrigators that have held water permits longer. It says the golf course’s irrigation can’t exceed 3 acre-feet (3,700 cubic meters) of water per acre.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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