Public Comment Sought on Pond Creek Watershed

Comment period ends December 10, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2016) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until December 10, 2016 on a draft report addressing bacteria, pH and metals impairments in the Pond Creek watershed which is located in Muhlenberg County, KY.

The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify and list specific waters where designated uses are not being met and water quality impairments exist. The state is then required to prioritize the list of impaired waters, calculate a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of pollutants for those waters and devise plans to improve the water quality.

The report, prepared by the Division of Water, addresses E. coli, pH and metals impairments for the Primary Contact Recreation, Secondary Contact Recreation and Warm Water Aquatic Habitat designated uses in the Pond Creek watershed. The report includes data and procedures used to calculate the TMDL for pollutants in the stream segments. The Division of Water is also requesting comments on new impairments found within the Pond Creek watershed during data collection, for the TMDL development.

Revisions to the report may be made following the public comment period before it is sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The report may be viewed on theDivision of Water Web site at http://water.ky.gov/Pages/PublicNotices.aspx. Comments should be sent in writing to Hui Chen, Division of Water, 300 Sower Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601 or by email athui.chen@ky.gov.

Additional information is available athttp://eec.kentucky.gov

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