I've also worked with scientists who basically work their data and write their papers in such a way that it ensures continued funding.
My time in school was interesting. The first couple years we learned the scientific method and how to apply it properly and how it made science great. But in the last couple years we had to take a philosophy of science course. That was totally different than everything we'd been learning up until that point. We talked about real world examples and hoe the scientific method is followed far less vigorously how the meaning of science has changed over hundreds of years and no one really agrees what science is. Then we got to go take part in a few different studies. The above mentioned golf course one was one of them. The day that happened we all sat down to talk about what the fuck just happened when the biologist decided there would be no more water samples taken around the golf course when it started to show massive pH increases from every pond leading off the golf course. It was then decided a salt spill somewhere a few km away was the problem and no more work would be done around the golf course.
Then of course a bunch of money was spent building a few more ponds around the golf course and restoring it....as far as I know there's still problems with the fish there.