A hydrologic approach to environmental golf and hazard design within the Wildcat Creek Watershed

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dc.contributor.author Clark, Jeffrey
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-27T20:33:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-27T20:33:36Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13739
dc.description.abstract The City of Manhattan, Kansas is looking for possible solutions to mitigate flooding along Wildcat Creek within the Wildcat Creek Watershed. Recent flooding has caused substantial property damage. The project presented here brings recreation into the community by designing a golf course in a location along Wildcat Creek that addresses flooding issues, increases infiltration, and improves water quality. The golf industry has a long way to go to become more sustainable. The world is facing many challenges related to water and hydrology. Much of the opposition towards the golf industry is because critics see it as environmentally unfriendly. Golf has the potential to become a catalyst for change in the way we design and develop the landscape around us. The golf industry can become a leader in sustainable design while taking on hydrological concerns within the community. This project demonstrates the application of a golf course to help mitigate flooding along Wildcat Creek with the use of vulnerability and suitability analysis as a guide to site selection. This method of analysis illustrates the process of identifying and protecting areas vulnerable to degradation by designing a golf course in a suitable location to utilize water hazards to store flood water, provide more floodplain access to effectively increase infiltration capacity, reduce runoff rates, and improve water quality. The report explains the relationship between golf course design and environmental practices as they relate to hydrology on a theoretical site in Manhattan, Kansas. By integrating golf course design theory and environmentally sound stormwater management practices, water hazards on the golf course can become the fundamental elements used in strategizing the design of the golf course. A conceptual plan was created to maximize the infiltration capacity of the site as well as allow increased floodplain access, and provide a place to store flood water. A golf course can then be properly sited and designed hydrologically around the use of water hazards to help reduce flooding and improve water quality within the watershed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Wildcat Creek Watershed en_US
dc.subject Golf course en_US
dc.subject Flooding en_US
dc.subject Stormwater management en_US
dc.subject Water hazards en_US
dc.subject Best management practices en_US
dc.title A hydrologic approach to environmental golf and hazard design within the Wildcat Creek Watershed en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Timothy Keane en_US
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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