Drinking Water Wednesday – Improving Technical, Managerial, and Financial (TMF) Capacity

Capacity Development is a state effort to help water systems improve management, finances, infrastructure, and operations so water systems can continue providing safe drinking water consistently, reliably, and cost-effectively.

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), with help from drinking water stakeholders, recently updated the Drinking Water Capacity Development Strategy (Strategy) to meet the new requirements of the American Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, and enhance the ability to address the training, technical assistance, and financial needs of Kentucky water systems.

With this revised Strategy, the EEC strives to address Safe Drinking Water Act requirements, including::

  • Defining the methods or criteria the EEC uses to identify and prioritize water systems most in need of improving TMF capacity.
  • Identifying factors at the federal, state, and local levels that encourage or impede capacity development.
  • Describing assistance to water systems in:
    • Complying with drinking water regulations;
    • Developing partnerships with other water systems to enhance their mutual TMF capacity; and
    • Training and certifying operators.
  • Describing how the EEC will establish a baseline and measure capacity improvements to comply with drinking water laws and regulations.
  • Identifying those interested in developing and implementing the Capacity Development Strategy (including all appropriate agencies of federal, state, and local governments, private and nonprofit water systems, and water system customers).
  • Describing how the EEC will encourage the development of water system asset management plans that include best practices; and
  • Assisting water systems, through training and technical assistance, in implementing asset management plans.

The EEC has opened a 30-day public comment period on the revised Kentucky Capacity Development Strategy DRAFT 01112021.pdf, and comments can be forwarded to Russell Neal at russell.neal@ky.gov, or to Russell Neal, Division of Water, 300 Sower Blvd, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Mine Fatality in Bell County

Colmar mine is site of accident

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2022) – A 32-year-old coal miner was killed Tuesday at the Colmar mine, in Colmar, Bell County. The mine is owned by Nally & Hamilton Enterprises Inc., of Bardstown.

Cecil T. Collett, of Dryden, Virginia, a surface miner/blaster, began his shift at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Collett was returning to the work area in a pickup truck about 3:30 p.m. when a tree approximately 24 inches in diameter fell from the high wall above the roadway and struck the truck as it passed. A passenger in the pickup, 45-year-old excavator operator Joshua Pendleton, of Ewing, Virginia, was injured in the accident.

Both were taken to Middlesboro ARH hospital, where Collett was pronounced dead and Pendleton was diagnosed with a broken hip and pelvis.

“This miner’s unfortunate death is another reminder of the special dangers that these miners face daily,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Please join me in expressing my deep condolences to his family, friends and community.”

All mining operations were shut down after the accident and will continue to be suspended Wednesday while an investigation continues. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the mine Tuesday afternoon.

“Our sympathy goes out to Mr. Collett’s family for their loss,” Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Rebecca Goodman said. “We will look carefully at what happened, and how it could have been prevented.”

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Agriculture Water Quality Authority, Streams and Other Waters Committee to Meet January 21

Videoconference begins at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2022) – The Agriculture Water Quality Authority’s Streams and Other Waters Committee will meet January 21, 2022 at 10 a.m. EST by videoconference. 

If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Kim Greenidge at 502-782-6630.

Please join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/766275909

You can also dial in using your phone. (For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 – One-touch: tel:+12245013412,766275909#

Access Code: 766-275-909

Agenda – Facilitated by Sarah Jon Gaddis, committee chair

  • Welcome and opening remarks
  • Introductions and announcements
  • Review of committee goals and objectives
  • Updates and discussion regarding farm pond BMPs
  • Discussion concerning flood impacts on agricultural lands
  • Open discussion, future workgroup meeting proposed date and time
  • Adjourn

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Lead in Drinking Water Working Groupto Meet January 10, 2022

Video conference will start at 11 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 29, 2021) – The Lead in Drinking Water Working Group will meet by videoconference on January 10, 2022 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Elizabeth Danks at elizabeth.danks@ky.gov or 502-782-0965.

Please join this meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone: https://www.gotomeet.me/EECIT/lead-in-drinking-water-working-group You can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 455-813-525

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when the first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/455813525

Agenda

  1. Call meeting to order and roll call of membership – Amy Stoffer
  2. Introductions – Alicia Jacobs
  3. Approve minutes of November 8, 2021  – Amy Stoffer
  4. Discussion –LCRR final ruling
  5. Discussion – Subgroups: subgroup-specific LCRR questions, meeting schedules, and roles
  6. EPA status update and discussion – led by Alicia Jacobs
  7. Public comment opportunity
  8. Set next meeting date
  9. Adjourn

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Agriculture Water Quality Authority, Education and Outreach Subcommittee to Meet January 6

Videoconference begins at 1 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2021) – The Agriculture Water Quality Authority’s Education and Outreach Subcommittee will meet by videoconference on January 6, 2022 at 1 p.m. EST. 

Anyone who wants to attend this meeting by video conferencing can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81516287842?pwd=c0hyR0JDQTdmQkxZdFloT1hhdkV2Zz09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 815 1628 7842 and password E&O.

This videoconference can also be viewed in person at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort, Kentucky.

AGENDA

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Approval of meeting minutes – September 25, 2020
  • Old Business – Planning tool update
  • New Business – Marketing discussion
  • Adjourn

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Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority to Meet January 5

Videoconference begins at 9 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2021) – The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority will meet January 5 at 9 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the authority’s strategic plan. 

Anyone who wants to attend this meeting by video conferencing can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89532386400?pwd=dlhVNldwSkRIaHpEM2ZNNm1Ucmp5QT09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 895 3238 6400 and password StratPlan.

This videoconference can also be viewed in person at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort, Kentucky.

AGENDA

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Old Business
  • New Business – Review June 2018 strategic plan and discuss possible updates
  • Adjourn

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Kentucky Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Council Rescheduled to January 12

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2021) – Due to ongoing recovery efforts from the unprecedented storms across the Commonwealth over the weekend, the next meeting of the Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Council has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.  Instructions on how to access the meeting are located below.

Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Council Quarterly Meeting Wed, Jan 12, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (EST)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/538703133

You can also dial in using your phone. (For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (571) 317-3112 – One-touch: tel:+15713173112,,538703133#

Access Code: 538-703-133

For connection or meeting access issues, contact Kim Greenidge at Kim.Greenidge@ky.gov 

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Dry Cleaning Calendar Updated for 2022-23

Did you know? Dry cleaning facilities have certain environmental requirements for handling and monitoring the use of chemicals in the dry-cleaning process. To help, the Environmental Compliance Assistance Program provides a 2022 – 2023 environmental recordkeeping calendar. This calendar is designed to help dry cleaning facilities track key records that will document self-inspections and chemical usage. Businesses can use the calendar to track chemical purchases and annual usage; record results of required leak checks and equipment monitoring; and prepare in the event of an EPA inspection. Find the calendar at https://bit.ly/339Hakc.

For additional assistance, facilities can contact the Environmental Compliance Assistance Program at 502-782-6189 or envhelp@ky.gov.

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Kentucky Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Council to Meet December 14

Videoconference begins at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2021) – The Kentucky Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Council will meet on December 14 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

Access the meeting using this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/538703133. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3112 Access Code: 538-703-133

For any meeting connection questions or issues, please contact Kim Greenidge at Kim.Greenidge@ky.gov

AGENDA 

Welcome and opening remarks – Carey Johnson, director, Division of Water

  • Introduction – John Webb, DOW assistant director
  • Review of September 2021 meeting minutes 
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
  • Infrastructure funding

Division of Water and Division of Enforcement updates 

  • Amanda LeFevre, deputy commissioner, Dept. for Environmental Protection
  • John Webb, asst. director, DOW 
  • Jory Becker, manager, Water Infrastructure Branch
  • Constance Coy, manager, Field Operations Branch
  • Jason Hurt, manager, Surface Water Permits Branch
  • Alicia Jacobs, manager, Drinking Water Branch

Committee status and reports – Carey Johnson, director, DOW 

Open discussion – facilitated by Carey Johnson, director, DOW 

DWAC/CWAC tentative meeting schedule for 2022 (2nd Tuesday of the last month of the quarter):

March 8, June 14, September 13, and December 13.

Adjourn

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Agriculture Water Quality Authority, Streams & Other Waters Committee to Meet Dec. 17

Videoconference begins at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2021) – The Agriculture Water Quality Authority’s Stream and Other Waters Committee will meet by videoconference on December 17, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Kim Greenidge at 502-782-6630.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/390362629 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (312) 757-3121 Access Code: 390-362-629

Agenda – Facilitated by Sarah Jon Gaddis, committee chair

  • Welcome and opening remarks
  • Introductions and announcements
  • Review of committee goals and objectives
  • Updates and discussion regarding farm pond BMPs
  • Discussion concerning flood impacts on agricultural lands
  • Open discussion Future workgroup meeting proposed date and time
    • February 4, 2022, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Adjourn

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