The Kentucky Division of Water is pleased to announce the release of its 2018 Annual Report. This annual report includes highlights and accomplishments the division during fiscal year 2018. The division continues to implement its core responsibilities to protect, manage and restore water resources, conduct effective water resources planning, and promote better management and communication of data.
Highlights from 2018 include:
- The Division continued its commitment to Governor Bevin’s Red Tape Reduction initiative by completing its review of all regulations in its authority, and pursuing proposed amendments to regulations that are in need of revision or elimination.
- The Division initiated the 2018 Triennial Review process of water quality standards under the Clean Water Act by hosting four public listening sessions, and continues to meet with stakeholders and EPA to promulgate updates to the water quality standards.
The Division filed proposed revisions to 401 KAR Chapter 5 – Water Quality; these regulations outline the requirements for water and wastewater construction permits, no discharge permits, and federal discharge permits. The revisions update references to federal rules, clarify language and add definitions, clarify spill reporting requirements, and spell out the 5-Mile Policy requirements in regulation. The Division
- also updated 401 KAR 8:510 – the drinking water disinfectant residuals rule, to include the federal Stage 2 Disinfection By-Products rule.
- The Division submitted to EPA the 2016 Integrated Report on Water Quality to Congress The report described current water quality conditions for 2,751 waterbodies, assigned designated uses, and identified impaired waterbodies. The report reviewed water quality conditions in Kentucky’s river basins with an emphasis on the Big Sandy, Little Sandy, Tygarts and Kentucky River Basin Management Units. The 303(d) list of impaired waterbodies including delisting of 68 pollutant waterbody combinations was approved by EPA on June 19, 2018.
- The Division issued a 20-year trends report for groundwater based on Kentucky’s ambient groundwater sampling.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized the Division’s Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) program for outstanding achievement when it was selected by its peers for outstanding contributions in flood hazard identification, communication, and program management in the Risk MAP program. The Risk MAP program provides valuable tools for communities and local governments and which are intended to build resiliency against flood impacts. The Division also updated the Commonwealth Hazard Mitigation Plan and enhanced Risk MAP to assist with flood risk identification.
- The U.S. Department for Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate awarded the Division a $200,000 grant to continue its work on a pilot project to develop dam instrumentation monitoring and flood warning systems
The Division invites you to read more about the important work and accomplishments of the Division of Water throughout the last year. The 2018 report and all previous annual reports are available at http://water.ky.gov/Pages/AnnualReports.aspx.