Public comment sought on draft report regarding water quality impairments related to pH and metals on six stream segments in Hopkins County

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Comment period ends May 18, 2015

The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking public comment until May 18, 2015 on a draft report addressing water quality impairments related to pH and metals.  The report, Proposed Draft Total Maximum Daily Load for pH, Cadmium, Iron, Nickel and Zinc, 16 Pollutant-Waterbody Combinations on 6 Stream Segments, Hopkins County, Kentucky, has been prepared as required by the federal Clean Water Act.

Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters where water quality problems exist.  The state is required to prioritize the list of impaired waters and calculate an allowable amount of pollutants for those waters known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). 

These reports are part of the process to improve water quality in these streams.  Revisions to the report may be made following the public comment period and before it is sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.  The revised report will then be sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for review, comment and approval.  If approved, the stream segments will be placed in Category 4A (which is a list of all stream segments with EPA-approved TMDLs) in the next Integrated Report to Congress on Water Quality in Kentucky.  The TMDL report may be viewed at http://water.ky.gov/Pages/PublicNotices.aspx.

Comments should be submitted in writing to Eric Liebenauer, Division of Water, 200 Fair Oaks Lane, 4th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601, or by email to eric.liebenauer@ky.gov.  Printed copies of the report may be obtained from Mr. Liebenauer, who can be reached by telephone at 502-564-3410.

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