Public comment sought on the 2019 Nonpoint Source Management Plan

Comment period ends June 20, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 20, 2019) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until June 20, 2019 on a draft of the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Management Plan: A Strategy for 2019-2023. The report details the Kentucky Division of Water’s (DOW) priorities, goals and strategies for addressing Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) in the Commonwealth for the years 2019-2023.

NPS pollution, also known as runoff or diffuse pollution is a major contributor of contamination in Kentucky’s waterways. When rainfall or snowmelt moves over and through the ground, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and ground waters (US EPA, 2018).

NPS pollution comes in many different forms. Oil and gas on roads and driveways, fertilizers on lawns, pesticides on crops, soap from car washes, and dirt from construction sites are just a few of the many sources that contribute to NPS pollution. It can also come in the form of things like animal waste from cattle in streams or collapsing stream banks. As these different pollutants build up in the water, the health of our waterways declines.

The DOW NPS Management Plan, updated every five years and required by the Clean Water Act Section 319(b), as well as the EPA’s Key Elements guidance, informs citizens of the work the agency and its partners are doing to reduce nonpoint source pollution. It helps potential partners understand the Commonwealth’s priorities for the NPS Program. And, the document serves as the DOW’s guiding strategy for reduction of nonpoint source pollution in Kentucky for the next five years.

The plan may be viewed on the Division of Water website at http://bit.ly/2w6pXEA. Comments should be sent in writing to Dale Booth, Division of Water, 300 Sower Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601 or by email to DOWPublicNotice@ky.gov .

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