Boltz Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Lowered to Watch Level

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2017) – The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have reduced the harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational public health warning for Boltz Lake to the “watch” level. The lake is located in Grant County, Ky. near Dry Ridge.

A Recreational Public Health Watch means algal toxins present are at elevated levels. Swimming, wading, and water activities that create spray are not recommended because water ingested during recreational activities in this lake may increase the risk of gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Skin, eye and throat irritation and/or breathing difficulties may also occur after contact.

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Division of Water Issues Certifications for Nationwide Permits

Every five years, the United States Army Corps’ of Engineers (USACE) issues a series of general Nationwide Permits (NWPs) to authorize federally 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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Four Rivers Watershed Sustainability Summit Begins Monday

Governor Bevin declared March 19 through 25 as “Water Week in Kentucky” to show how each member of the Commonwealth is impacted by water in their daily lives and to connect water health to quality of life for each Kentucky citizen.

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Governor Proclaims “Water Week” in Kentucky

Kentucky has a long history of caring for and protecting its abundant natural resources and one of the most important of these is water. The Commonwealth boasts a network of lakes, streams and rivers that are a vital source of drinking water, as well as a source of recreation for its citizens.

In celebration of these abundant natural resources, and as an observance of the value of water to each of us in our everyday lives, Gov. Matt Bevin has pronounced the week of March 19-25 as Water Week in Kentucky.

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Make a Rain Barrel to Celebrate Water Week

Just a single inch of rain falling on 1,000 square feet of roof can yield 600 gallons of water, but most of us just watch it wash away.

But you don’t have to let this free water run away. Get (or make) a rain barrel! Rain barrels are containers or systems that collect and store rain water from rooftops for later use.

Join our partners at the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Office on Monday, March 20, 2017 or at Kentucky State University on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to create your own rain barrel.

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‘Getting to the Bottom of Stream Health’ Workshops Announced

In today’s busy world it’s hard enough to keep up with our own personal health, much less the health of a stream. However, our own health is very dependent on stream health, whether it be our physical health through the water we drink or our mental health through water we use for recreation. You might go to a doctor for your personal health, but when it comes to stream health the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) has the information you need. There are many ways you can get information about the health of a stream, one very handy way is to get our newly-developed Stream Health Pocket Guide.

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Kentucky Lead Workgroup to Meet March 15

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2017) – A meeting of the Kentucky Lead Workgroup will take place March 15 at 1:30 p.m. EDT at the Kentucky Division of Water building, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Ky.

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