Kentucky Division of Water unveils new water health portal

Provides detailed information on the health of Kentucky waters

Kentuckians can now find out if their favorite spot on the water is safe to swim or if the fish there are healthy enough to eat with a few clicks of the mouse.

Kentucky’s Water Health Portal — http://watermaps.ky.gov/  — is an interactive Web-based map application that enables users to learn about the health of the streams in their area and across the Commonwealth.  Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Water unveils new water health portal”

Division of Water Opens Comment Period on Impaired Waters List

Comments will be taken for 60 days

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has opened a 60-day comment period on the draft 2014 list of impaired waters, as required by the Water Pollution Control Act of 1972.

The 2014 impaired waters list is based primarily on results from monitoring performed between April 2010 and March 2012 in the Green River and Tradewater River basin management units (BMUs).  Monitoring and assessment was performed on 384 stream segments, representing 2,185 stream miles in the Green River BMU and 75 stream segments, totaling 346 stream miles in the Tradewater River BMU.  Publicly accessible reservoirs (lakes) were monitored and assessed from those two BMUs of focus.  The report also incorporates assessment data and results from monitoring that occurred during this reporting cycle outside of the BMUs of focus, thus providing a statewide update of monitoring results. Continue reading “Division of Water Opens Comment Period on Impaired Waters List”

Watershed-based restoration efforts bring improvements to Townsend Creek water quality

A segment of Townsend Creek was recently removed from the state list of impaired waters.  This stream segment, which is located in a sub-watershed of the South Fork Licking River in northern Kentucky, formerly failed to support its designated use as primary contact recreation and is an excellent example of how watershed-based approaches can improve water quality.

Townsend Creek

Data collected by the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) in 1999 indicated that the mouth of Townsend Creek did not meet Kentucky’s water quality standard for fecal coliform.  The division identified that agriculture and the loss of riparian habitat were two of the primary activities affecting the quality of the stream. Continue reading “Watershed-based restoration efforts bring improvements to Townsend Creek water quality”

Kentucky Division of Water issues Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

On May 1, 2015, the Kentucky Division of Water issued the Kentucky Pollution Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) individual Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  The issuance is in accordance with Section 402 of the Clean Water Act and its corresponding regulations.

This permit allows for the operation of a MS4 in the urbanized area of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  June 1, 2015 is the effective date of the permit.  The newly issued permit will replace the current permit, which expired on August 31, 2014. Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Water issues Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government”

Visit Kentucky’s new Water Health Portal

PortalHave you ever wondered about the health of a stream? Is it safe to swim in or eat fish from a particular body of water? The new Water Health Portal provides answers to those questions.

Accessing information is easy. Just go to http://watermaps.ky.gov/ and select Water Health Portal. Type in your location, click on a stream, and learn about the health of the water. Easily identifiable color-coded icons
indicate whether a stream or lake supports a particular use, such as swimming, fishing and drinking. Continue reading “Visit Kentucky’s new Water Health Portal”

Public comment sought on draft report regarding water quality impairments related to pH and metals on six stream segments in Hopkins County

DOW

Comment period ends May 18, 2015

The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking public comment until May 18, 2015 on a draft report addressing water quality impairments related to pH and metals.  The report, Proposed Draft Total Maximum Daily Load for pH, Cadmium, Iron, Nickel and Zinc, 16 Pollutant-Waterbody Combinations on 6 Stream Segments, Hopkins County, Kentucky, has been prepared as required by the federal Clean Water Act.

Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters where water quality problems exist.  The state is required to prioritize the list of impaired waters and calculate an allowable amount of pollutants for those waters known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).  Continue reading “Public comment sought on draft report regarding water quality impairments related to pH and metals on six stream segments in Hopkins County”

Kentucky Division of Water announces listening sessions on water quality standards

Triennial review required under provisions of Clean Water Act

In accordance with the Clean Water Act (CWA), Congress gave states the responsibility to establish objectives or goals for managing, maintaining, and enhancing water quality. This responsibility is commonly referred to as state water quality standards (WQS).  States are required to perform periodic reviews of state water quality standards, known as a Triennial Review, and hold a public hearing every three years pursuant to Section 303(c)(1) of the CWA.

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) hereby gives notice of its intent to conduct three public listening sessions to satisfy the requirements of Section 303(c)(1) of the CWA. These listening sessions will assist the agency in determining what revisions, if any, may be appropriate in this Triennial Review of Kentucky’s WQS. Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Water announces listening sessions on water quality standards”