Kentucky Division of Water Announces New Initiative for Groundwater Awareness Week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 3, 2017) – March 6-10, 2017 is Groundwater Awareness Week and the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is launching a new field survey project to view Groundwater Protection Plans (GPPs) across the state.

“If you have a facility or project with activities that have the potential to adversely affect groundwater, you need to have and implement a GPP” said Groundwater Section Supervisor David Jackson.  “Even if you just have a well or septic system, you need to be aware of potential impacts to groundwater and have a plan to protect it.”

Jackson said that the DOW staff will provide assistance in developing a GPP as part of the statewide survey, and said that all interested individuals and facilities are encouraged to call to schedule a field survey.

According to Watershed Management Branch Manager John Webb, this will be a great tool to spread the word about the Groundwater Protection Program, which has been a Kentucky requirement since 1996.

Division of Water Director Pete Goodmann noted that the groundwater of Kentucky is an important natural resource and should be protected year around.  Groundwater is used extensively in Kentucky for drinking water and irrigation as well as by industry, and it is imperative that the groundwater be protected for current users and future generations, he said.

If you have any questions about GPPs or to schedule your survey, please contact Susan Mallette, GPP Program Coordinator, at 502 782-7006.  You may also view GPP information on the DOW website: http://water.ky.gov/groundwater/Pages/GroundwaterProtectionPlans.aspx

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