Kentucky Division of Water 2015 Annual Report available online

The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) announces the release of its 2015 Annual Report. This annual report includes highlights and accomplishments for the following branches within the division:

Compliance and Technical Assistance Branch

Resource Planning and Program Support Branch

Surface Water Permits Branch

Water Infrastructure Branch

Watershed Management Branch

Water Quality Branch

The division continues to implement its core responsibilities to (1) protect, manage and restore water resources; (2) conduct effective water resources planning; (3) meet federal and state program requirements; and (4) promote better management and communication of data.

Highlights from 2015 include:

  • Public water systems provided high-quality drinking water to over 95 percent of the residents of the Commonwealth.
  • KDOW created a repository for these new electronic mapping products called the Water Maps Portal. The new map products available to the public through KDOW’s Water Maps Portal provide information on the health of streams across the Commonwealth
  • KDOW pursued water quality preservation and restoration through several initiatives. A partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers enables more comprehensive monitoring and examination of Harmful Algal Blooms with the most recent satellite imaging technology. KDOW also convened meetings of the HAB Advisory Workgroup.
  • KDOW assisted several municipalities and public water systems, including the city of Fleming-Neon, Carrolton Utilities, and Louisville Water Company, in achieving protection of their source water.
  • Field inspectors investigated a total of 1,500 water-related citizen complaints.  The division conducted over 5,000 inspections in the areas of wastewater, storm water, drinking water, oil and gas, animal feeding operations, and coal.

The 2015 report and all previous annual reports are available at