Water Quality Portal Wins Best of Kentucky Award

Melissa Miracle, Annemarie Cason, Katie McKone and Division of Water Director Peter Goodmann receive the award.

Some new hardware will decorate the award shelf of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Water.

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection was honored at the 2016 Kentucky Digital Government Summit with a Best of Kentucky award for the Kentucky Water Health Portal.

To check out the Water Health Portal, go here.

While a major component of the Portal is a mapping application, it is a Portal because it brings information together from diverse sources in a uniform way.  The Portal’s navigation menu provides links to a variety of state and federal water quality information.  A clear and concise supporting document called ‘Water Rules Kentucky’s Water Health Guide’ is also available on the Portal.

This document breaks down the technical jargon and presents the complex topic of water health in a way that the average citizen can understand.  The mapping feature of the Water Health Portal is used to easily identify the water quality information for any assessed water within Kentucky.

IMG_0806The map provides a user-friendly display of the health status for the waters, and it displays that information for any water in Kentucky that has been assessed by the Kentucky Division of Water. The portal concept was designed by a team from the Kentucky Division of Water and was developed out of the Louisville, Ky. office of AECOM, a global solutions company.

“We’re very proud of the Water Quality Portal and the service it provides to those who want to utilize Kentucky’s abundant water resources,” said Division of Water Director Peter Goodmann. “Receiving an award to create the Water Quality Portal is validation for the hard work our staff put in to make this portal a very useful tool for the public.”

For more information on the Water Quality Portal, the Clean Water Act and more about the Kentucky Division of Water’s efforts to improve Kentucky’s natural water resources, visit us here.