Bacteria impairments on agenda for Feb. 18 Red River Watershed public meeting

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and Red River Watershed Association (RRWA) will conduct a public meeting Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. (CST) at William O. Beach Civic Hall located at 350 Pageant Lane in Clarksville, Tenn., to discuss the development of a bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) as well as the overall health of the watershed. A TMDL is a calculated amount of pollutants a particular water body may contain and remain unimpaired for its designated use. Continue reading “Bacteria impairments on agenda for Feb. 18 Red River Watershed public meeting”

Public Meeting Conducted on Former Black Leaf Chemical Property

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the USEPA, is preparing to conduct shallow soil remediation at several residential properties located physically adjacent to the former Black Leaf property located in west Louisville.

Black Leaf Chemical operated a facility from 1920 until 1959 that produced agricultural pesticides. The department’s cleanup plans revolve primarily around the presence of pesticides in residential yards that it believes originated from the Black Leaf property. Continue reading “Public Meeting Conducted on Former Black Leaf Chemical Property”

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”

DOW to Host April 18 Meeting of Hypoxia Task Force

The Kentucky Division of Water and the Soil and Water Conservation Society will host the spring meeting of the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Hypoxia Task Force meeting at the Galt House in Louisville on April 18.

The Hypoxia Task Force was established in 1997 to better understand the causes and effects of eutrophication in the Gulf of Mexico; coordinate activities to reduce the size, severity, and duration the hypoxic zone in the gulf; and ameliorate the effects of hypoxia. The task force includes five federal and 12 state agencies with responsibilities over activities in the Mississippi River and its basin and in the Gulf of Mexico. The role of the task force is to provide executive-level direction and support for coordinating the actions of participating organizations working on nutrient management within the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed.

The April meeting represents the first time Kentucky has hosted a Hypoxia Task Force meeting since joining the task force in 2010. Approximately 75 task force members, support staff, and guests are expected to attend the meeting. The April 18th meeting of the Hypoxia Task Force is free and open to the public.

Issues to be discussed at the meeting include: Continue reading “DOW to Host April 18 Meeting of Hypoxia Task Force”

Floyds Fork Public Meeting Set for Feb. 19

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 will conduct a public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. EST in the auditorium of Eastern High School, 12400 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville.

The DOW and EPA Region 4 will present information about the ongoing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development process. DOW also will provide an update on the Floyds Fork bacteria TMDL.

The Floyds Fork Technical Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST at the offices of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) located at 9818 Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville.

“Total Maximum Daily Load” is a term used to describe the amount of pollution a stream can receive and still meet water quality standards. Water quality standards are regulations based on federal or state law that set numeric or narrative limits on pollutants. TMDLs are required for water bodies that are determined to be impaired. Floyds Fork currently fails to meet state standards for recreation and aquatic life.

The Floyds Fork watershed is located in north-central Kentucky and drains portions of Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Jefferson, Spencer and Continue reading “Floyds Fork Public Meeting Set for Feb. 19”