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”

EPA approves TMDL reports for four watersheds

With the recent approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reports for waterways in four Kentucky watersheds, stakeholders now have the information needed to make decisions that will help improve the health of local water bodies.

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) received EPA approval notifications on Aug. 5 for the TMDL report for bacteria impairments in 10 stream segments in the Carr Fork Watershed in Knott County and for the TMDL report on bacteria impairments in five stream segments in the Hardwick Creek Watershed located in Powell and Estill counties. Continue reading “EPA approves TMDL reports for four watersheds”

Public comment period on report about Floyd’s Fork stream impairments extended to Aug. 29

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has extended the public comment period from July 29 to Aug. 29 on a draft report addressing E. coli and fecal coliform impairments of 18 stream segments in the Floyds Fork watershed located in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties.

 The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters where designated uses are not being met and water quality impairments exist. The state is also required to prioritize the list of impaired waters, calculate a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of pollutants for those waters and devise plans to improve the water quality. Continue reading “Public comment period on report about Floyd’s Fork stream impairments extended to Aug. 29”

Public Comment Period Extended on Report About North Elkhorn Stream Impairments

Comment period now ends Aug. 22

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has extended the public comment period from July 22 to Aug. 22 on a draft report addressing bacteria impairments in three stream segments within the North Elkhorn Creek watershed.

The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters where designated uses are not being met and water quality impairments exist. The state is also required to prioritize the list of impaired waters, calculate a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of pollutants for those waters and devise plans to improve the water quality. Continue reading “Public Comment Period Extended on Report About North Elkhorn Stream Impairments”

Public comment sought on report about Floyds Fork stream impairments

Comment period ends July 29

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until July 29 on a draft report addressing E. coli and fecal coliform impairments of 18 stream segments in the Floyds Fork watershed located in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties.

The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters where designated uses are not being met and water quality impairments exist. The state is also required to prioritize the list of impaired waters, calculate a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of pollutants for those waters and devise plans to improve the water quality. Continue reading “Public comment sought on report about Floyds Fork stream impairments”

Public comment sought on report about North Elkhorn stream impairments

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until July 22 on a draft report addressing stream impairments in three stream segments within the North Elkhorn Creek watershed located in located in the Kentucky River Basin in Fayette County.

The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters where designated uses are not being met and water quality impairments exist. The state is also required to prioritize the list of impaired waters, calculate a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of pollutants for those waters and devise plans to improve the water quality. Continue reading “Public comment sought on report about North Elkhorn stream impairments”

Division of Water urges public to learn more about impaired waters

The Kentucky Division of Water is working to better engage public participation in the process of improving impaired waters in the Commonwealth by expanding information about those waters on its website and inviting public enrollment in an impaired waters distribution list.

The Clean Water Act requires each state to assess its waters and to periodically identify specific waters where designated uses are not being met because of impairments to water quality. Continue reading “Division of Water urges public to learn more about impaired waters”