High levels of run-off pollution in a Christian County river that empties into Lake Barkley has officials considering a fertilizer ban there. The Kentucky New Era reports that’s one of the options federal environmental authorities are looking at if the Little River isn’t cleaned of agricultural run-off pollution.
Eleven years after the last water quality test, the federal government still classifies the Little River as impaired. Officials say if water quality hasn’t improved within six years, the federal government will impose more restrictions on local farmers and businesses. Brian Lacefield, who works for Hopkinsville Elevator Company and Agri-Chem, says fertilizers local farmers rely on could be forbidden on lands drained by the Little River.