Federal and State Agencies announce plan to enhance Kentucky’s water quality

Kentucky will receive $4.4 million in investments over the next five years through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  Federal and state agencies are partnering to improve water quality in the Commonwealth.  This first RCPP project in Kentucky focuses on improving water quality by reducing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads entering waterbodies and waterways.  Kentucky is one of 12 states participating in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force working to coordinate actions for nutrient management within this large watershed.

The RCPP is a part of a nationwide project that includes 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states totaling $372.5 million.  The project is designed to improve soil health, water quality and water use efficiency, wildlife habitat and other related natural resources on privately held farms and ranches.  The program provides multiple agencies opportunities to work together toward the common goal of improving water quality.  Continue reading “Federal and State Agencies announce plan to enhance Kentucky’s water quality”

Division of Water Environmental Scientist receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Southeastern Water Pollution Biologists Association (SWPBA) awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to John Brumley, an environmental scientist in the Division of Water (DOW).  Brumley received the award at the association’s 41st annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia on Nov. 3, 2014.

The SWPBA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the long-term achievements and contributions of a member biologist (state, tribal or federal) to the science of water pollution biology.  Continue reading “Division of Water Environmental Scientist receives Lifetime Achievement Award”

Environmental Education Leads to Communications Awards for Division for Air Quality

CampfireCardFBThe Kentucky Association of Government Communicators (KAGC) recognized the Division for Air Quality (DAQ) with two awards last month at KAGC’s Awards of Excellence ceremony.

DAQ received an Award of Merit for its Campfire Trash Burning Awareness Brochure.  The brochure is being used at State and U.S. Forest Service campgrounds throughout Kentucky to spread awareness of the health and environmental hazards of burning trash.

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Winner of Steve Crosman Award Announced

The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA), located within the Department for Environmental Protection, announced the winner of the first annual Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism. Susan Butts, supervisor at the Augusta Regional Water Treatment Plant and former lead operator for the City of Falmouth Water Treatment Plant, received the award from Julia Kays, assistant director of DCA.

Butts, who holds certifications in Class IV-A Drinking Water Treatment, Class III Distribution and Class I Wastewater Treatment, was nominated by each of the two plants where she has worked.

The Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism is presented in honor of Steve Crosman, Continue reading “Winner of Steve Crosman Award Announced”

EPA Awards Brownfield Grants to Kentucky Communities

The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program received word that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected two projects in Kentucky for brownfield grants. Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. They can include old factories, abandoned hospitals, old schools, former service stations and mine-scarred lands, to name a few. Over the past seven years, with the help of the Kentucky Brownfield program, Kentucky communities have received Continue reading “EPA Awards Brownfield Grants to Kentucky Communities”

Reminder – Eco-Art Contest Submissions Due March 15

The deadline for nominations for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Eco-Art Contest is fast approaching. All nominations must be submitted by COB, March 15, 2013.

This contest, which is open to all Kentucky high school students, provides an opportunity for students statewide to gain recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment, while supporting DEP’s mission to protect the environment.

Multiple awards will be presented to eligible Kentucky high school students who create art using the contest themes or categories of conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection. Students may submit artwork using media types, such as drawing/painting/print, mixed media, sculpture and photographs, with one winner per art type within each category.

All nominations must be sent to Continue reading “Reminder – Eco-Art Contest Submissions Due March 15”

Three Kentucky Drinking Water Plants Win National Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the winners of the 2011 Region 4 Consumer Confidence Report Excellence Awards. Three of the six categories were won by Kentucky systems.

The six categories include small, medium and large surface water and ground water systems. Cynthiana Municipal Water Works won in the medium surface water system category (serving 3,300 to 10,000 customers). Fonde Water System in Pineville won in the small ground water system category (serving fewer than 3,300 customers). Calvert City Municipal Water Department won in the medium ground water system category.

The awards program promotes the development of effective consumer confidence reports and recognizes the commitment by local administration and plant personnel toward informing their consumers about their drinking water.

The U.S. EPA requires community water systems to put annual drinking water quality reports into the hands of their customers annually in the belief that the public has a right to know about local environmental information. While water systems are free to enhance their reports in any useful way, each report must notify customers of sources used, any detected contaminants, compliance with regulations and education information.

The reports are also useful tools to promote Continue reading “Three Kentucky Drinking Water Plants Win National Awards”

Department for Environmental Protection Awarded by Green Fleets of the Bluegrass

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has been honored by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC) for the agency’s work to improve the environmental performance of its state vehicle fleet. DEP earned the status as an “Achieving” member of the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass program.

The department’s participation in Green Fleets supports the governor’s energy plan, which calls for a 30 percent improvement in the fuel economy of the state vehicle fleet by 2015 and a 50 percent improvement by 2025. A key strategy of the governor’s plan is the development of purchasing criteria to increase the overall fuel efficiency of the vehicles in the state fleet.

“The department has made great strides in downsizing and ‘right-sizing’ its fleet,” said DEP Commissioner Bruce Scott.  “In addition to substantially cutting fuel costs, these actions are having a positive impact on public health and the environment, since transportation accounts for an estimated 30 percent of all air emissions in the U.S.”

Participating fleets are evaluated on an annual basis for improvements in seven areas –   vehicles, fuel, maintenance, operation, Continue reading “Department for Environmental Protection Awarded by Green Fleets of the Bluegrass”

Student Nominations Sought for Eco-Art Contest

Calling all high school students! Let us see your creativity. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting nominations for the 2012–13 Eco-Art Contest. The contest provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment. Used as a tool for environmental education, art supports DEP’s mission to protect Kentucky’s environment.

Multiple awards will be presented to eligible Kentucky high school students who create art using the contest themes or categories of conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection. Students may submit artwork using the media types of drawing/painting/print, mixed media, sculpture and photographs, with one winner for each submitted art type within each category.

“Our goal with this contest is to heighten awareness of the importance of protecting our environment by inspiring students, our future leaders, to reflect their Continue reading “Student Nominations Sought for Eco-Art Contest”

2012 Environmental Excellence Awards presented by Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection honored the six recipients of its 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards during an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville.

Through this awards program, the department recognized the efforts and activities of individuals, businesses or organizations that are committed to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment.

“With this awards program, part of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s mission to protect and enhance Kentucky’s environment, the department recognizes some of the environmental leaders in the Commonwealth and highlights their achievements,” said R. Bruce Scott, DEP commissioner. “Their efforts Continue reading “2012 Environmental Excellence Awards presented by Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection”