Algal blooms at Nolin River Lake prompt recreation advisory

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is cautioning recreational users of Nolin River Lake, located in Edmonson, Grayson and Hart counties, about potentially harmful contact with a bloom of blue-green algae, which has been detected in the lake water. The algal bloom is capable of producing toxins that can be harmful to small children, those who are ill and animals. Continue reading “Algal blooms at Nolin River Lake prompt recreation advisory”

Algal blooms at Barren River Lake prompt recreation advisory

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is cautioning recreational users of Barren River Lake, located in Allen, Barren and Munroe counties in south-central Kentucky, about potentially harmful contact with a bloom of blue-green algae that has been detected in the lake water. The algal bloom is capable of producing toxins that can be harmful to small children, those with illness and animals.

Blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria, which fall into the category of harmful algal blooms (HABs), were also recently found to be growing in Taylorsville Lake and Rough River Lake at levels that prompted a similar advisory. The more typical green algae, which is not harmful to humans or animals, come in many forms and may look like underwater moss, stringy mats or floating scum. Cyanobacteria, on the other hand, looks like slicks of opaque, bright-green paint, but closer inspection often reveals the grainy, sawdust-like appearance of individual colonies of bacteria. The color of the algae may also appear as red or brown.

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Algal blooms at Rough River Lake prompt recreation advisory

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is cautioning recreational users of Rough River Lake, located in Breckinridge and Grayson counties, about potentially harmful contact with a bloom of blue-green algae, which has been detected in the lake water. The algal bloom is capable of producing toxins that can be harmful to small children, those with illness and animals.

Blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria, which fall into the category of harmful algal blooms (HABs), were also recently found to be growing in Taylorsville Lake, located mainly in Spencer County, at levels that prompted a similar advisory. The more typical green algae, which is not harmful to humans or animals, come in many forms and may look like underwater moss, stringy mats or floating scum. Cyanobacteria, on the other hand, looks like Continue reading “Algal blooms at Rough River Lake prompt recreation advisory”

Floyds Fork public meeting set for July 29

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) will conduct a public meeting Monday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to noon EDT in Conference Room 301D at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection located at 300 Fair Oaks, Frankfort, Ky.

The DOW will present information about the methodology for nutrient water quality target development for the ongoing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development process. Continue reading “Floyds Fork public meeting set for July 29”

Kentucky Enters Into Multistate Nutrient Trading Agreement

Today, Bruce Scott, commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection, joined the states of Ohio and Indiana in signing a multistate agreement that establishes an interstate water-quality trading pilot project. This pilot project is designed to provide additional opportunities to reduce nutrient loading for agriculture producers and power plants located in the Ohio River basin.

During his remarks, Commissioner Scott stated that, if successful, the trading project could evolve into a “game changer” if it is able to be scaled up to include the wide array of nutrient sources within the multistate Ohio River basin. He went on to say that this pilot project supplements and builds upon the progress that has already been accomplished in Kentucky and coordinates well with Kentucky’s current procedures. Continue reading “Kentucky Enters Into Multistate Nutrient Trading Agreement”