Kentucky Division of Water http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Works to Encourage Groundwater Protection http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-works-encourage-groundwater-protection <p>The Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Geological Survey are putting an emphasis on groundwater protection as part of a national observance tomorrow: the annual <a href="http://www.ngwa.org/Events-Education/groundwater-day/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Protect Your Groundwater Day.</a></p><p>Groundwater is exactly what it sounds like…it’s the water that’s on the ground, in rock crevices, or that flows into streams or rivers. It’s also essential to the drinking water for many communities, whether through wells or springs.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1580 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Joins Interstate Water Pollution Trading Program http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-joins-interstate-water-pollution-trading-program <p>Kentucky's Division of Water has<a href="http://my.epri.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&amp;objID=423&amp;mode=2&amp;in_hi_userid=230564&amp;cached=true" target="_blank"> joined neighboring Indiana and Ohio</a> in entering a water pollution credit trading program.</p><p>Basically, <a href="http://kydep.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/kentucky-enters-into-multistate-nutrient-trading-agreement/" target="_blank">this program </a>would allow power plants and other industrial facilities to avoid some controls--and pollute a little more--if they pay farmers upstream to control their runoff.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:31:51 +0000 Erica Peterson 1377 at http://wfpl.org Fourth Floyds Fork Meeting Tomorrow http://wfpl.org/post/fourth-floyds-fork-meeting-tomorrow <p>The Environmental Protection Agency will update residents tomorrow evening on the efforts to develop new pollution limits for the <a href="http://water.ky.gov/watershed/Pages/FloydsFork.aspx" target="_blank">Floyds Fork watershed.</a></p><p>Floyds Fork has been designated as &ldquo;impaired,&rdquo; which means its waterway can&rsquo;t fulfill its designated functions. The state Division of Water has asked the EPA to help determine the maximum amount of pollution that can be discharged into the watershed without exceeding the state water quality standard.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1085 at http://wfpl.org Drought Worsening In Kentucky, Indiana http://wfpl.org/post/drought-worsening-kentucky-indiana <p><em>With information from Kentucky Public Radio&#39;s Stu Johnson&nbsp;and the Associated Press</em></p><p>Kentucky officials say <a href="http://drought.unl.edu/MonitoringTools/USDroughtMonitor.aspx">drought conditions</a> exist in three-fourths of the state and the dry spell has become severe in parts of western Kentucky, where farmers are at risk of low yields or no crops at all.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:59:36 +0000 Rick Howlett 842 at http://wfpl.org Drought Worsening In Kentucky, Indiana Kentucky's Annual Drinking Water Report Shows Fewer Violations Than Previous Year http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-annual-drinking-water-report-shows-fewer-violations-previous-year <p>The Kentucky Division of Water has compiled its <a href="http://water.ky.gov/DrinkingWater/Pages/AnnualComplianceReports.aspx">annual report </a>of public drinking water systems throughout the state.</p><p>The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires Kentucky to compile an annual list of all the violations incurred by the state&rsquo;s 461 public water systems. This year&rsquo;s report shows violations dropped by 257 from the previous year.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:54:53 +0000 Erica Peterson 649 at http://wfpl.org EPA Hearings on 36 Kentucky Mining Permits Begin Today http://wfpl.org/post/epa-hearings-36-kentucky-mining-permits-begin-today <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is in Frankfort today for a hearing on mining permits.</p><p>The agency is here to take public comments on 36 specific water permits&mdash;which coal mines need in order to discharge waste into streams and other waterways. The EPA has objected to all of the permits, saying the Kentucky Division of Water didn&rsquo;t provide a complete analysis of the potential damage the discharge could cause.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 531 at http://wfpl.org EPA to Hold Hearings This Week on Mining Permits http://wfpl.org/post/epa-hold-hearings-week-mining-permits <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is in Kentucky this week for <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region4/kycoalminehearings/index.html">two hearings on mining permits</a>.</p><p>The state&rsquo;s Division of Water issues permits to coal mines to discharge into waterways, but the EPA has the authority to review the permits. Over the past two years, the EPA has <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region4/kycoalminehearings/resources.html#letters">objected to 36 </a>Kentucky permits.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:14:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 512 at http://wfpl.org