Total Maximum Daily Load Approved for Pond Creek Watershed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved its review of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report for E coli, pH, Cadmium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Nickel and Zinc, 54 Pollutant-Waterbody Cominations on 25 stream segments in the Pond Creek Watershed in early Feb.

You can find the link to the entire TMDL report here.

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Department for Environmental Protection Recognizes Employee Contributions to Environmental Protection

Every year the Department for Environmental Protection honors employees who have gone above and beyond their job titles and duties to protect the environment, educate the public and ensure Kentucky is using and preserving its natural resources in a responsible manner.

Last Monday, Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley, Dep. Commissioner Tony Hatton Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely honored 19 individual employees and six teams with outstanding service to the environment.

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Nationwide Permits to Be Renewed by Division of Water

Every five years, the United States Army Corps’ of Engineers (USACE) issues a series of general Nationwide Permits (NWPs) to authorize federal permitted activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.

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Drought, Wildfires Keep Division of Water Busy During Fall Season

Kentucky was a tale of two weather states, as we transitioned from record rain in the spring  to record drought through late fall. This year Kentucky saw one of the wettest summers on record, only to be followed by one of the driest falls on record.

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Level One Drought Declaration Lifted

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2016) – The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are removing the Level One Drought Declaration that was issued for much of the state on Nov. 10.

Following this weekend’s abundant precipitation, all of the state is above normal for precipitation for the past 30 days.

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Take Precautions to Protect Water Pipes this Winter

Protect vulnerable pipes
With winter come frigid temperatures and wind chills that can wreak havoc on water pipes. The Kentucky Division of Water reminds citizens to protect the water systems in their homes and businesses from freezing.

When water freezes, it expands. When water freezes in a pipe and expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results.
Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold outside air to flow across the pipes.

How to prevent pipes from freezing
• Wrap hot and cold water pipes in insulation or layers of newspaper, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture.

• Place a lamp with a 60-watt bulb in the potential problem area to warm the walls and pipes. Make sure there are no combustible materials near the bulb.

• If the crawl access is inside the home, set a fan in the opening to blow warm air from the home to the foundation. Do not use a fan when the access is in an unheated garage or outside the home.

• Allow a trickle of water to run from a cold faucet that is farthest from the water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving
so that it cannot freeze and will help relieve pressure should ice form in the pipes.

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.

• Have the home’s exterior walls insulated. Caulk and seal around doors, windows, house faucets and outside outlets.

How to thaw pipes safely
If pipes do freeze, first remove the insulation andcompletely open all the faucets. Pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold.

PRECAUTIONS

If there is no standing water, you may use a handheld hair dryer or electric heating pad. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.

Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame device to thaw a pipe. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.

Call a licensed plumber if you are unable to locate or reach the frozen area or need help thawing pipes.

Tips for extended absences

When away from the house for an extended period of time, consider draining the water system completely. To drain the system, shut off the main valve and turn on every water fixture (both hot and cold lines) until water stops running. When returning to the house, turn on the main valve and let each fixture
run until the pipes are full again.

If possible, leave the furnace on and the thermostat
set near 50 degrees. This will protect your home and
belongings from harsh winter temperatures.

Learn how to turn off the water

Teach adults and older children where the main water
shutoff is located and how to shut the water off.
Being able to do this in the event of a water lean can
greatly reduce the damage to your home.

Funding Available through Source Water Protection Assistance Program

Division of Water accepting applications Jan. 1 – March 1, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2016) – Source water protection is a common sense approach to guarding public health by protecting drinking water supplies. The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is pleased to make funding availabel for source water protection projects.

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