Kentucky Division of Water


Kentucky is still several months away from implementing the federal coal ash disposal regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency last year.

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Widespread lead contamination in Flint, Michigan is prompting Kentucky officials to double check state procedures.

A state workgroup has been formed to assess Kentucky’s water system.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Grant funds for projects that clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater or protect water resources are available from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Water. The grants would provide funding for watershed restoration projects and plan development and projects reducing and preventing runoff pollution.

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  In response to legislation passed two years ago, the Kentucky Division of Water has unveiled a massive Water Health Portal.

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The Kentucky Division of Water has identified potentially harmful algal blooms, or HABs, in 15 Kentucky lakes this summer, including Carpenters Lake in Daviess County. The lakes are still open, but the DOW advises the public to avoid exposure to HABs, which can cause skin irritation and stomach pain.

The Sierra Club is calling a circuit court decision to overrule a Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet permit that allowed a coal-burning power plant to dump polluted water into the Ohio River a landmark.

Louisville Gas and Electric’s Trimble County power plant uses settling ponds for wastewater before sending it into the Ohio River. The Energy and Environment Cabinet issued a permit for this treatment effective April 2010. Sierra Club Kentucky Energy Chair Wallace McMullen said the permitted treatment isn’t enough to keep the water clean.

“We were fairly appalled that they were letting water which has been used to try to absorb all the nasty poisons in the flue gas – arsenic, mercury, barium, what have you – and it’s just going straight into the Ohio without any significant treatment,” he said.

Water Conservation Tips from the KY Division of Water

Jul 10, 2012

The Kentucky Division of Water is encouraging citizens to learn how they can conserve water during drought and year-round with some simple changes in their water-use habits.

A water shortage watch has been issued today for 27 counties spread across Kentucky.  Environmental scientist Bill Caldwell of the Kentucky Division of Water says residents of those counties should pay attention to possible calls for water conservation.

Kentucky’s Division of Water is asking residents using private wells for drinking water to participate in a study to determine whether domestic wells are being affected by human-influenced pollution or events of nature. 

The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking public comment on a new plan for runoff water pollution. The agency says runoff pollution is the leading contributor to water pollution in Kentucky. It happens when water runs across land and carries sediment, nutrients, pesticides, heavy metals and waste from animals and humans into streams, rivers and groundwater. Officials are accepting comment through the end of the month. You can find a link to the plan here