A message from LG&E/KU

Extreme cold and pressures on the regional grid are resulting in scattered power outages and we need our customers’ help by reducing energy consumption.

Our team is working diligently to help minimize extended impacts to our customers and as part of those efforts, we are performing brief service interruptions in intervals across our service territories.

While the outage durations will vary, we are targeting about 30 minutes.

We appreciate our customers’ patience and their energy conservation efforts.

Simple actions like turning down your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting and turning off all unnecessary lights (including holiday lights) can help.

As always, but especially in times of extreme cold, our employees are working around the clock to ensure safe, reliable service to our customers and the communities we serve.

CANCELLED: Kentucky Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Workgroup to Meet December 13

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2022) – The meeting of the Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Workgroup scheduled for Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. Eastern time has been CANCELLED.

Tentative 2023 DWAW/CWAW meeting schedule (2nd Tuesday of the last month of the quarter): March 14, June 13, September 12, December 12.

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Energy Efficiency and Housing Funding Stakeholder Meeting Planned, December 6

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2022) – The Office of Energy Policy (OEP) is hosting a meeting of interested parties to discuss how federal funding for residential and commercial energy efficiency can best be utilized to benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth. 

The meeting will be held December 6, from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Eastern time. It is open to the general public, in person at 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Kentucky, or via a virtual option. Virtual information will be sent out by email after registration.

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-efficiency-and-housing-funding-stakeholder-meeting-tickets-452018177537

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Kentucky Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Council to Meet December 13

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2022) – The Drinking Water and Clean Water Advisory Council will meet virtually on Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

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Agenda (subject to change)

  • Welcome and opening remarks – Carey Johnson, director, Division of Water
  • Division of Water focus items – Carey Johnson
    • Optimization
    • Flood recovery
  • Presentation: Lead in drinking water updates
    • Alicia Jacobs, DOW Drinking Water Branch manager
    • Elizabeth Dowling, environmental scientist, DOW Drinking Water Branch        
  • Committee reports
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn

2023 DWAW/CWAW meeting schedule (2nd Tuesday of the last month of the quarter): March 14, June 13, September 12, December 12.

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Kentucky Oil and Gas Work group to Meet December 2

Hybrid meeting will begin at 10 a.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2022) 
– The Kentucky Oil and Gas Workgroup will meet December 2, 2022 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Attend the meeting in-person at the Energy and Environment Cabinet, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Kentucky, or virtually via Microsoft Teams.

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Agenda:

  • Updates on Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – Current status 
  • Pit water characterization
    • Sampling SOPs
    • Certified labs and field only certification process
  • Oil and Gas Groundwater Protection Plan update
  • Class VI wells discussion
  • New business
  • Public comment period

Next meeting date scheduled: February 3, 2022 at 10 a.m.

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Martin County Water District Workgroupto Meet December 7

Video conference will start at 1 p.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2022)
– The Martin County Water District (MCWD) Workgroup will meet by videoconference on December 7, 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.

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Agenda

  • Welcome and opening remarks – EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman
  • Introductions and announcements – DEP Deputy Commissioner Amanda LeFevre
  • Update of MCWD operations – Alliance Water Resources Division Manager Craig Miller
    • Projects update
  • Update from the Division of Water – Director Carey Johnson
  • Open discussion – Facilitated by Amanda LeFevre
  • Future workgroup meeting proposed date and time
    • March 8, 2023; 1 – 3 pm
  • Adjourn

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Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority to Meet December 8

Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2022) 
– The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority will hold a meeting December 8 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.  The meeting will be held at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort. 

 AGENDA 

  • Welcome 
  • Roll call of authority members 
  • Swearing in of new members 
  • Introduction of guests 
  • Approval of minutes from August 25, 2022 
  • Old business  
  • New business 
  • Subcommittee reports 
  • KASMC 
  • Farmstead 
  • Pesticides, fertilizers and other agriculture chemicals 
  • Livestock and poultry 
  • Crops 
  • Silviculture 
  • Streams and other waters 
  • Education and outreach 
  • Quarterly update of AWQA related violations 
  • Updates from members 
  • Adjourn  

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The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee to Meet November 30

Meeting begins at 9 a.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2022) 
– The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee, a committee of the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority, will hold a hybrid meeting on November 30, 2022, at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Anyone who wants to attend the meeting in person can attend at the USGS office (9818 Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville). 

For more information or to attend the meeting by video conference, email Peter Cinotto (pcinotto@usgs.gov).   

AGENDA 

  • Introductions 
  • Introduction of new Kentucky state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Climate Center and Mesonet 
  • Update on nutrient reduction strategy in Kentucky 
  • Update on USGS super gages 
  • Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Kentucky 
  • PFAS research 
  • Open floor – updates / discussion / next steps. 
  • Adjourn 

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Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission to Meet November 9

Video conference will start at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2022) – The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission will hold its quarterly meeting virtually November 9, 2022 at 10 a.m. Eastern time, via  Zoom.

To attend virtually:

Please join the KRGF meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

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Please note:  KRGF commissioners must be visible in order to vote on commission business. For questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Jeff O’Dell at 502-782-6724.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Welcome and opening remarks 
  • Approval of the minutes from August 9, 2022 meeting 
  • Discussion of actuarial study and adverse scenarios: Pinnacle Actuarial Resources 
  • AML excess funding requests:
    • Middle Fork Development Services No. 2 LLC 877-0219
    • Middle Fork Development Services No. 2 LLC 877-0220
    • Appalachian Mining and Reclamation LLC 810-8032 (tentative)
    • Appalachian Mining and Reclamation LLC 836-5626 (tentative)
    • Meadow Fork Mining Company LLC 864-0182 (tentative)
  • DNR update: Gordon Slone, DNR commissioner
  • Other business:
    • Financial reports and bond amounts
    • Audit update
    • Board appointments
    • Staff update
    • Set 2023 meeting dates
  • Adjournment

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New Tool Available for Kentucky’s Watershed Professionals

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By Michaela Lambert

Kentucky watershed professionals have an updated tool available to them this fall as they prepare to write their watershed plan applications.

The new Watershed Explorer, which will replace the former Kentucky Watershed Viewer, will allow groups and individuals to more easily gather information required for submitting 319(h) Nonpoint Source Funding applications. The new Kentucky Watershed Explorer will feature a collection of more focused tools and viewers, including the new 319 Grant Reporter.

“The old viewer tried to be all things for all needs,” said Caroline Chan, who created the 319 Grant Reporter. “Because it had so much information, it was hard to find what you needed,” but the new explorer will “allow users to zero in on what their needs are by selecting the application that suits that purpose. Additional applications will be added as they are developed.”

The 319 Grant Reporter is the first focused application in this collection to be rolled out. The application will better serve the watershed managers and other professionals that submit work to address water quality issues through the 319(h) Nonpoint Source Program.

The reporting tool allows users to search for their watershed of interest and identify information that is necessary for submitting 319(h) Clean Water Act Nonpoint Source Funding applications. Users will be able to search for their watershed using stream name, county, Hydrologic Unit (HUC) or by scrolling to its location.

Snapshot of the opening view of the 319 Reporting Tool. Users will use the search box or zoom to find their watershed of interest. Purple areas are Kentucky’s 7 major river basins and their Basin Team Priority Watersheds.

Once the correct watershed is selected, users will know what major river basin it’s in, whether it has been assessed to meet its designated uses, has a Total Maximum Daily Load Allocation (TMDL), if it is in a Source Water Protection Zone (SWPP), and if it has any assigned special designations such as an Outstanding State Resource Water (OSRW) or Division of Water Priority Watershed. Users will be able to download and print a copy of the report and attach it to their 319(h) application or use it for any other uses they see fit.

The 319 Program also will be testing a letter of intent for the 2022 grant season as a replacement for its traditional request for proposals. Those who plan to apply for 2022 funds are highly encouraged, but not required, to watch the 319 grant funding informational video and submit a letter of intent. The earlier letters are submitted, the easier it will be for the NPS staff to help future applicants submit a successful application. Applications are due February 2023. All applications must still go through the rank and review process.

“We are excited to launch the 319 Grant Reporter”, said Watershed Management Branch Manager Joanna Ashford. “This tool will help applicants identify water quality information, HUC12 numbers and other needed information for the 319 Application.”

For more information about the 319 Grant Program please check out the Kentucky Division of Water’s 319(h) Grant Program Funding page.

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