Division of Water to Award Mini Grants to Address Nonpoint Source Pollution in Kentucky Basins

 FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2016) – The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is now accepting applications for $5,000 mini grants, one for each of the seven major river basins, to address nonpoint source pollution. The mini grants would fund local educational, outreach and organizational activities to improve water quality issues in the basins.

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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”

March 8-14 is Groundwater Awareness Week in Kentucky

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Private drinking wells should be tested each year

The Kentucky Division of Water is reminding private water well owners to regularly test their wells during Groundwater Awareness Week, March 8-14.  The awareness week emphasizes the importance of groundwater to communities and the actions Kentuckians can take to protect this vital natural resource.

Groundwater is the water from rain or other precipitation that soaks into the ground and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in soil and rock.  It is an abundant natural resource making up 90 percent of the world’s fresh water. Continue reading “March 8-14 is Groundwater Awareness Week in Kentucky”

Kentucky Division of Waste Management to Hold Public Meeting Regarding Former Federal Mogul Facility

Status of environmental Investigation at Scottsville site to be discussed

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management (DWM) will meet with the public to discuss the status of the on-going environmental investigation at the former Federal Mogul facility located at 2640 Old Gallatin Road., Scottsville. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at 6 p.m. CST and will be held at the Allen County Courthouse located at 201 Main St., Scottsville. Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Waste Management to Hold Public Meeting Regarding Former Federal Mogul Facility”

The Kentucky Division of Water recognizes Sept. 9 as national “Protect Your Groundwater Day”

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“Protect Your Groundwater Day” is celebrated by citizens of the Commonwealth to draw attention to the importance of preventing contamination and waste of this valuable resource.

Individuals are encouraged to take action to protect groundwater by recognizing the causes of preventable groundwater contamination.  The Kentucky Division of Water is charged with protecting the Commonwealth’s groundwater resources.

One and a half million people in Kentucky draw all or part of their domestic–use water from groundwater supplies and use more than 72 million gallons per day. Continue reading “The Kentucky Division of Water recognizes Sept. 9 as national “Protect Your Groundwater Day””

Act now to protect Kentucky’s groundwater – Groundwater Awareness Week March 9-15

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is recognizing Groundwater Awareness Week, March 9-15, by emphasizing the importance of groundwater to communities and the actions Kentuckians can take to protect this vital natural resource.

Groundwater is the water from rain or other precipitation that soaks into the ground and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in soil and rock. It is an abundant natural resource making up 90 percent of the world’s fresh water. Continue reading “Act now to protect Kentucky’s groundwater – Groundwater Awareness Week March 9-15”

Wellhead Protection Areas

Water supply ProtectionAre you familiar with Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPA)? Whether you are or not, it’s likely your community or facility has a WHPA if groundwater is a public source of drinking water.

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Act Now to Protect Kentucky’s Groundwater

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is recognizing Groundwater Awareness Week, March 10-16, by emphasizing the importance of groundwater to communities as well as the actions Kentuckians can take to protect this vital natural resource. 

Groundwater is the water from rain or other precipitation that soaks into the ground and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in soils and rocks. It is an abundant natural resource and makes up 90 percent of all the freshwater in the world. 

About half of the U.S. population receives its drinking water from the groundwater in wells. In Kentucky, an estimated 1.2 million people are served by 185 public water systems that rely on groundwater in whole or as part of their source. An additional 250,000 rural Kentuckians rely on private wells or springs for their drinking water. 

“It’s important to remember that groundwater is a local resource and that local people are the ones who can choose whether to conserve, protect or pollute it,” said DOW Director Sandy Gruzesky. “We all need to actively participate in protecting our groundwater.” 

Protection of this resource is crucial to Kentucky’s economy, public health and the environment, and we can all contribute to maintaining both the quality and quantity of groundwater, Gruzesky said. 

As groundwater moves through the soils, it picks up various minerals as well as pollutants. Since everything that goes on the land eventually Continue reading “Act Now to Protect Kentucky’s Groundwater”

Public Notice Issued

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Solid Waste Branch has issued a public notice:

  • Public Notice Pursuant to Groundwater Contamination Assessment, Georgetown Double Culvert Landfill, Report # AIN20120001, Agency Interest # 3905, Permit No. 105-00006: The Kentucky Division of Waste Management intends to approve a request from the City of Georgetown to terminate the groundwater assessment activities related to the detection of 1,1-Dichloroethane at groundwater monitoring well MW-4. Monitoring well MW-4 monitors the closed residential landfill, Georgetown Double Culvert Landfill, located in Scott County.

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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”