Kentucky Division of Water

Environment
8:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Kentucky Works to Encourage Groundwater Protection

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 Protect Your Groundwater Day.

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.

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Environment
10:31 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Kentucky Joins Interstate Water Pollution Trading Program

Kentucky's Division of Water has joined neighboring Indiana and Ohio in entering a water pollution credit trading program.

Basically, this program 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.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Fourth Floyds Fork Meeting Tomorrow

The Environmental Protection Agency will update residents tomorrow evening on the efforts to develop new pollution limits for the Floyds Fork watershed.

Floyds Fork has been designated as “impaired,” which means its waterway can’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.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Drought Worsening In Kentucky, Indiana

File photo from National Drought Mitigation Center

With information from Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson and the Associated Press

Kentucky officials say drought conditions 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.   

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Environment
4:54 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Kentucky's Annual Drinking Water Report Shows Fewer Violations Than Previous Year

The Kentucky Division of Water has compiled its annual report of public drinking water systems throughout the state.

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires Kentucky to compile an annual list of all the violations incurred by the state’s 461 public water systems. This year’s report shows violations dropped by 257 from the previous year.

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

EPA Hearings on 36 Kentucky Mining Permits Begin Today

The Environmental Protection Agency is in Frankfort today for a hearing on mining permits.

The agency is here to take public comments on 36 specific water permits—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’t provide a complete analysis of the potential damage the discharge could cause.

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Environment
6:14 am
Mon June 4, 2012

EPA to Hold Hearings This Week on Mining Permits

The Environmental Protection Agency is in Kentucky this week for two hearings on mining permits.

The state’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 objected to 36 Kentucky permits.

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