The Kentucky Division of Water Seeks Public Comment

Draft report addressing bacteria-impaired minor tributaries of the Ohio River

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22 2022) – The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking public comment through July 25, 2022 on a draft report that addresses bacteria-impaired streams in minor tributary watersheds of the Ohio River. This Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report provides critical information needed to restore water quality in these waters.

To read the draft report and for instructions on how to comment, visit the Division of Water website at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Pages/Water-Public-Notices-and-Hearings.aspx. To learn more about how TMDLs help to support water quality restoration, visit the TMDL program website at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Protection/TMDL/Pages/default.aspx.

“Total Maximum Daily Load” refers to the amount of a pollutant a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards. Standards for E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria are intended to protect the health of those using surface waters for swimming, wading, boating, and other recreation.

The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters in which standards are not being met and then to develop a TMDL for the pollutants not meeting standards.  TMDL reports are made available to the public for review and comment prior to submission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The new report will complete TMDLs for 49 impaired stream segments in the following counties: Ballard, Boyd, Bracken, Breckinridge, Campbell, Crittenden, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, and Union.

The report is part of the Kentucky Statewide Bacteria TMDL, an ongoing effort which will complete TMDLs for more than 350 stream segments by the end of 2022. 

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2022 Environmental Excellence Awards Nomination Deadline Looming

The Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting nominations for the the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations committed to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment, and help tell the stories of the significant efforts and activities that promote environmental awareness and exhibit environmental excellence. Nominations are being accepted until June 30, 2022.

One award will be given for each of four categories: Environmental Pacesetter, Resource Caretaker, Environmental Community Luminary, and KY EXCEL Champion. The KY EXCEL Champion will be awarded to an active KY EXCEL member. Businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals may be nominated or self-nominate for the awards.

Additional details and nomination forms are available online here. Please submit nominations by emailing envhelp@ky.gov. All questions pertaining to the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards may be submitted to envhelp@ky.gov.

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2022 KY EXCEL Beacon Award Winners Announced

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection recognized six members of the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (KY EXCEL) Program for outstanding efforts and activities that exemplify environmental excellence. One award was presented for each of the following project categories: Conservation, Environmental Education, Performance Improvement, Pollution Prevention, Restoration and Waste Reduction.

The 2022 KY EXCEL Beacon Award in Conservation was presented to Zeon Chemical’s campus in Louisville. Zeon Chemical has been partnering with TreesLousiville since 2017 to plant trees on their properties, and since 2021, has planted more than 30 trees. By planting trees, Zeon Chemical has helped to reduce urban heat island effect, improve aesthetics, and dissipate odors in an industrial area of West Louisville. Additionally, the trees provided shade in the company’s parking lot, which is greatly appreciated by guests and employees alike.

Sekisui S-Lec, America (SSA) in Winchester received the 2022 KY EXCEL Beacon Award in Environmental Education. SSA worked with a local nursey to donate tomato plants for approximately 400 child at Justice Elementary School. Students also received a booklet developed by SSA on how to grow a garden and the environmental benefits of gardening.

The Beacon Award in Performance Improvement was given to J.M. Smucker in Lexington. The company updated or replaced outdated equipment in an effort to reduce air emissions and meet or exceed Kentucky’s air quality permitting requirements.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown received the EXCEL Beacon Award in Pollution Prevention. TMMK modified an existing paint booth, replacing the micro sludge system with an out-of-service tank, eliminating the need for weekly cleaning, and reducing the corresponding CO2 emissions and water usage.

The Beacon Award in Restoration was given to Beam Suntory’s Old Grand-Dad facility in Frankfort. A dam located behind the facility and along Elkhorn Creek was removed, minimizing the chances of flooding and increasing the safety of members of the community that use the creek for recreation.

The Waste Reduction Award was presented to Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto. The distillery purchased a glass pulverizer to grind glass waste down to a sand consistency. The sand will be used on campus during construction projects, for trail aggregate, and will be provided to the local community.  Additionally, Maker’s Mark is exploring partnerships to increase the recycled content of the glass in their bottles.

The KY EXCEL Program provides a networking opportunity for Kentucky’s environmental stewards and an avenue to develop environmental leaders. To view short videos about each of the 2022 Beacon Award Winners, or to learn more about the benefits of being a KY EXCEL member click here

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

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2022) – The next meeting of the Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Council will be on Tuesday, June 14 at 10 a.m. 

To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://meet.goto.com/503702229

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

United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 – One-touch: tel:+15713173122,,503702229#

Access Code: 503-702-229

For assistance with meeting access, please contact Kim Greenidge at Kim.Greenidge@ky.gov or (502) 782-6630

Agenda (Subject to change)

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

General remarks – John Lyons, deputy secretary, Energy & Environment Cabinet

Discussion items – Carey Johnson, director, Division of Water

Division of Water and Division of Enforcement focus items: 

  • Natalie Bruner, director, Division of Enforcement
  • John Webb, assistant director, Division of Water
  • PFAS update

Committee reports – Carey Johnson, director, Division of Water

  • Lead in drinking water
  • Compliance and regulations
  • Nutrients
  • Small systems

Announcements – facilitated by Carey Johnson, DOW Director 

DWAC/CWAC tentative meeting schedule for 2022 (2nd Tuesday of the last month of the quarter): September 13, and December 13.

Adjourn

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Gov. Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman Announce Over $450,000 for Rubber Mulch Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2022) – Gov. Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that $452,500 in grant funding has been awarded for benches, picnic tables, walkways and poured-in-place playground surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires. 

The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $2 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund helps manage the approximately 5 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products.

“These projects are a great way to recycle used tires, which helps the environment and provides better recreation facilities for those communities, Gov. Beshear said. “Getting outdoors, especially as we look to socialize during the summer months, promotes a safer, healthy lifestyle.”

Secretary Goodman applauded all those that applied for the funding. “The cabinet is very pleased to make this funding available,” she said. “Everyone benefits when these projects are done.”

Recipients, along with grant amounts, are as follows:

ApplicantProject LocationGrant Amount
AdairAdair County Fiscal Court, Jim Blair Recreation Center – Poured in Place Playground$  65,300
BoyleCity of Perryville, Downtown Perryville Waterfront – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$    8,000
BreathittBreathitt County Board of Education, Breathitt County Elementary – Poured-In-Place Playground$  65,200
BullittCity of Hillview, Kendyl and Friends Playground, Arc of Greater Louisville Campus – Poured-In-Place Playground$  70,000
ButlerCity of Morgantown, Charles Black City Park & Morgantown River Park – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$  10,000 
EstillEstill County Board of Education, Estill County Schools – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$  12,000
KentonCity of Edgewood, Presidents Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  69,000
McCrackenCity of Paducah (Parks & Recreation Department), Langstaff Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  22,000
OhioOhio County Fiscal Court, Ohio County Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  16,000
OldhamCity of LaGrange, Wilborn Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  14,000
PerryPerry County Fiscal Court, Eagles Landing Campground and Viper Community Park – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$  14,000  
RobertsonRobertson County Board of Education, Robertson County School – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$  11,000
ToddCity of Elkton, Elkton-Todd County Park – Poured-In-Place Surfacing in Multiple Playground Areas$  23,000
TrimbleTrimble County Fiscal Court, Trimble County Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  53,000
  TOTAL   $452,500
   

For questions or additional information, please contact Lisa Evans at lisa.evans@ky.gov

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Water Recreation Tips Issued from Public Health, Division of Water

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2022) – With summer approaching, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources.

Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in any body of water.  By using common sense, your risks of experiencing water-derived health issues can be greatly decreased.

DOW and DPH recommend that the public:

  1. Avoid ingesting or inhaling the water.
  2. Thoroughly clean hands and other areas that have come in contact with the water.
  3. Avoid allowing open wounds to have direct contact with the water.
  4. Avoid areas where swimming or harmful algal bloom (HAB) advisories have been issued.
  5. Avoid water with obvious odors or surface scums.
  6. Avoid getting in water after heavy rainfall, especially in dense residential, urban and agricultural areas.
  7. Avoid areas below wastewater treatment facility outfalls, animal feedlots, straight pipes or other obvious sources of pollution.
  8. Restrict pets and livestock from drinking the water if a bright green or blue-green surface scum is present.

More information concerning the quality of Kentucky’s water resources such as advisories or impairments can be found here.

If you experience symptoms, such as gastro-intestinal upset or rash, after recreation in natural waters, such as streams, rivers or lakes, consult your physician or call your local health department.

For more information on healthy swimming in all water bodies, visit https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/.

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Martin County Water District Workgroup to Meet June 8

Video conference will start at 1 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 25, 2022) – The Martin County Water District Workgroup will be meeting by videoconference on June 8, 2022 from 1 – 3 p.m. Eastern time. 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://meet.goto.com/883374973

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

United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 – One-touch: tel:+15713173122,,883374973#

Access Code: 883-374-973

Agenda

  • Welcome and opening remarks – EEC Deputy Secretary John Lyons
  • Introductions and announcements – DOW Director Carey Johnson
  • Update of MCWD operations – Alliance Water Resources Division Manager Craig Miller
    1. Projects update
  • Update from the Division of Water – Director Carey Johnson
  • Update from the Public Service Commission – Executive Director Linda Bridwell
  • Open discussion – Facilitated by Carey Johnson
  • Future workgroup meeting proposed date and time
    1. August 31, 2022, 1- 3 p.m.
  • Adjourn

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The Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas to hold Virtual Meeting with Well-Plugging Contractors June 1

Meeting will focus on the upcoming federally funded orphan well-plugging program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 24, 2022) – The Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas (KDOG) will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 1 at 2 p.m. EST to outline the requirements and Finance Cabinet RFP procedures for contractor participation in the upcoming orphan well-plugging program funded through the Federal Infrastructure Act.

The Division of Oil and Gas is in the process of applying for more than $100 million through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to address the orphan well issue in the commonwealth. The program’s goal will be to address the areas of greatest need, the sites with the most impact on citizen health and on the air, soil, surface, and groundwater resources.

All contractors who are looking to submit bids under this program are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.

To attend virtually: Please join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone: https://meet.goto.com/919774181
You can also dial in using a phone: United States+1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 919-774-181
If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Danielle Crosman at 502-782-6590.

Agenda:

  1. Call to order
  2. PowerPoint detailing requirements and Finance Cabinet RFP procedures for contractor participation in the upcoming orphan well plugging program.
  3. Q&A (time permitting)
  4. Adjournment

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Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Offers Workshops for Contractors

Online and in-person workshops available in June

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 24, 2022) – The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) is hosting three free workshops for those contractors interested in bidding on reclamation, revitalization, or abatement projects. The workshops will be held:

June 9, 2022 online via Microsoft Teams

June 14, 2022 in-person London AML Field Office, 3rd Floor State Office Building, 85 State Police Road London, KY 40741

June 21, 2022 in-person Prestonsburg AML Field Office 3140 South Lake Drive, Suite 6 Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Topics will include:
• Introduction to the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands
• How to register with the commonwealth as a contractor
• Online plan room – How to view active project solicitations
• Online plan room – How to register with the state plan room
• The bidding process
• Required bid documents
• Contractor expectations and responsibilities

Register at: https://forms.gle/PHS6B7kV1iut5ZTe8

For information regarding the workshops, project types and general scope of work involved, visit https://bit.ly/KY_AML 

Questions? Contact an AML team member below:
SamanthaM.Johnson@ky.gov or James.Cable@ky.gov ###

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