Division of Water - Archived Headlines

Below you will find a list of press releases that are more than 180 days old.  To view a press release, click on the title.

  • Public Comment Period Extended on Report
    Tuesday, July 30, 2013
    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.
  • Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Superior Performance
    Tuesday, July 09, 2013
  • Kentucky Division of Water Study Reveals Metals Not Detected in Public Drinking Water; No Correlation to Cancer Incidence in Kentucky
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    A Kentucky Division of Water study of public drinking water data reveals that heavy metals are not occurring in public drinking water systems at levels that cause health concerns and affirms that Kentucky’s public water supply systems are producing consistently high-quality drinking water
  • Public comment sought on report about North Elkhorn stream immpairments
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    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.
  • Nutrient targets to be discussed at July 29 Floyds Fork public meeting
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    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.
  • Division of Water urges public to learn more about impaired waters
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    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.
  • Public Comment Sought on Report About Hardwick Creek Watershed
    Thursday, May 23, 2013
    The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until June 24, 2013, on a draft report addressing E. coli impairments in five stream segments within the Hardwick Creek watershed located in Powell and Estill counties.
  • Division of Water Helps Water Systems Prepare for Emergencies
    Monday, May 13, 2013
  • Division of Water Reminds Kentuckians to Conserve Water
    Tuesday, May 07, 2013
    The Kentucky Division of Water encourages Kentuckians during National Drinking Water Week, May 5-11, to practice water conservation every day of the year
  • Public comment sought on bacteria TMDL for
    Wednesday, April 17, 2013
    The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until May 24, 2013, on a draft report addressing E. coli and fecal coliform impairments in Carr Fork Watershed located in Knott County.
  • Floyds Fork Technical Advisory Committee to meet Apriil 24
    Thursday, March 28, 2013
    The Floyds Fork Technical Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT at the Floyds Fork Water Quality Treatment Center located at 1100 Blue Heron Road in Louisville. The meeting will address high-level technical concepts regarding the development of nutrient total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for Floyds Fork.
  • Comments sought on wastewater lab certification program
    Friday, March 15, 2013
    The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking public comment until April 30 on a proposed administrative regulation establishing the Kentucky Wastewater Laboratory Certification Program. A public hearing will be held April 25 to allow interested persons to comment on the regulation, which was filed with the Legislative Research Commission March 14.
  • Floyds Fork public meeting set for Feb. 19, 20
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013
    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 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.
  • Division of Water clarifies requirements for utility construction near streams
    Thursday, January 17, 2013
    The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is issuing clarification of state certification requirements regarding the placement of utility lines near streams. Projects that typically require the acquisition of the Section 401 water quality certification include water, gas, oil and sewer line installations.
  • $1.58 million available for watershed restoration
    Friday, January 11, 2013
    Grants totaling $1.58 million are available for projects that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater and for projects that protect water resources. The grants are for watershed restoration projects and for watershed plan development as well as for other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution.
  • Floyds Fork technical advisory subcommittees to meet
    Monday, January 07, 2013
    Five public meetings set for later this month will provide opportunities for in-depth, technical discussion on the Floyds Fork Pollution Control Plan. The discussions will address high-level technical concepts regarding the development of nutrient total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for Floyds Fork.
  • Public Comment Sought on Report Addressing Stream Impairments in Cox Creek Watershed
    Wednesday, November 21, 2012
    The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until Dec. 21, 2012, on a draft report addressing bacteria impairments in nine stream segments within the Cox Creek watershed located in the Salt River Basin in Nelson, Bullitt and Spencer counties.
  • Kentucky Wild Rivers Program Adds 300 Acres to Inventory of Protected Lands
    Monday, November 19, 2012
    Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters today announced the purchase of 300 acres on two tracts of land in Hart County to help protect the exceptional quality and aesthetic character of the Green River, a portion of which is designated a Kentucky Wild River.
  • Public Comment Sought on Report About Stream Impairments in Muddy Creek Watershed
    Thursday, November 15, 2012
    The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until Dec. 15, 2012, on a draft report addressing bacteria impairments in seven stream segments within the Muddy Creek watershed, located in the Kentucky River Basin in Madison County
  • Small drinking water systems invited to apply
    Friday, November 09, 2012
    Small drinking water treatment systems in Kentucky are invited to apply for financial assistance to improve their technical, managerial and financial capabilities in order to ensure production of safe drinking water in a consistent, cost-effective manner. Small systems are those that serve fewer than 10,000 customers.
  • Governor urges citizens to protect groundwater
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012
    Governor Steven Beshear has proclaimed Sept. 11 as “Protect Your Groundwater Day” in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to draw attention to the importance of preventing contamination and waste of this valuable resource.
  • Comment Period on Impaired Waters List Extended to Oct. 15
    Monday, September 10, 2012
    The Kentucky Division of Water has extended its comment period until Oct. 15, 2012, on its draft 2012 list of impaired waters, as required by the federal Clean Water Act.
  • Comment Sought on Impaired Waters List
    Thursday, August 16, 2012
    The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking comments on its draft 2012 list of impaired waters, as required by the federal Clean Water Act.
  • Volunteers sought for water quality monitoring
    Tuesday, August 07, 2012
    The Kentucky Watershed Watch Program is offering free training to persons interested in learning how to take water samples and monitor water quality in the Upper Green River Basin. The training will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8:30 a.m. until noon in Room 2134 of the Engineering Biologic Science Building located at 1500 Chestnut St. on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green. Parking will be available at 1400 Chestnut St.
  • Public Comment Sought on Report About Cane Run Watershed Stream Impairments
    Friday, August 03, 2012
    The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until Sept. 4 on a draft report addressing impairments in seven stream segments within the Cane Run watershed located in Fayette and Scott counties.
  • Division of Water invites educators to get WET
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012
    The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has assumed state sponsorship of Project WET, an interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of students in kindergarten through grade 12 and adults.
  • Floyds Fork public meeting set for July 24
    Friday, July 20, 2012
    The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 will conduct a public meeting Tuesday, July 24, to discuss the pollution control plan for the Floyds Fork watershed. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. EDT in the cafeteria of Middletown Elementary School, 218 North Madison Avenue, Louisville.
  • Division of Water Suggests Ways to Conserve Water
    Tuesday, July 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.
  • State Announces Water Shortage Watch for 27 Counties
    Friday, July 06, 2012
    As a result of continuing high temperatures and limited rainfall, the Energy and Environment Cabinet today announced a water shortage watch for 27 counties in Kentucky. Citizens living in these areas should closely monitor local news sources for notification from water suppliers on reducing demands for water.
  • Level 2 Drought Declared in 24 Western Kentucky Counties
    Thursday, June 28, 2012
    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level 2 drought declaration for 24 counties in three Drought Management Areas (DMAs) in western Kentucky. In addition, a Level 1 drought has been declared for 66 counties in nine DMAs.
  • Drinking water wells sought for groundwater study
    Thursday, June 28, 2012
    The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is seeking permission from owners and/or users of private drinking water wells statewide to obtain groundwater samples. The project is part of a targeted study to determine if domestic water wells are being impacted by human-influenced pollution and/or events of nature. Owners of wells selected for inclusion in the study will receive free testing of their well water.
  • Annual Drinking Water Report Shows Violations Down
    Thursday, June 14, 2012
    The Annual Compliance Report (ACR) on public water systems prepared by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) indicates violations involving contaminants and treatment dropped by 257 from 2010 to 2011.
  • Swim Advisories to Continue at Specific Sites in Commonwealth
    Tuesday, May 29, 2012
    State officials are reissuing swimming advisories for specific areas of Kentucky waterways.
  • Level 1 Drought Declared in 24 Western and Central Kentucky Counties
    Friday, May 25, 2012
    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I drought declaration for three drought management areas (DMAs) in western Kentucky.
  • Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Superior Performance
    Monday, May 21, 2012
    Forty-nine water treatment plants in Kentucky have been recognized by the Energy and Environment Cabinet for their demonstrated success in producing drinking water in 2011 that consistently met or exceeded state water quality standards.
  • Drinking Water Week Reminds Us to Conserve Water
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012
    The Kentucky Division of Water encourages Kentuckians during National Drinking Water Week, May 6-12, to practice water conservation every day of the year.
  • Division of Water provides guidelines for removal of creek gravel from streams
    Tuesday, May 01, 2012
    Reports of excessive gravel removal from Kentucky streams have prompted the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) to reiterate creek gravel extraction guidelines to minimize impacts on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the waterway.
  • Public comment sought on
    Monday, April 30, 2012
    The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has released the 2012 Kentucky Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan for public review. This document is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for states that receive federal funding for NPS programs and projects through the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Program.
  • Volunteers sought for water quality monitoring
    Thursday, April 19, 2012
    The Kentucky Watershed Watch Program is offering free training April 28 to persons interested in learning how to take water samples and monitor water quality in the Upper Green River Basin. The training will take place at Western Kentucky University.
  • Seven water treatment systems selected for improvement funding
    Monday, February 27, 2012
    Seven small drinking water treatment systems in Kentucky will receive financial assistance through a new program designed to improve their technical, managerial and financial capabilities to ensure production of safe drinking water in a consistent, cost-effective manner. Small systems are those that serve fewer than 10,000 customers. The awards range from $2,000 to $25,000.
  • Federal grant will help restore Kinniconick Creek
    Wednesday, February 22, 2012
    The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNPC) has been awarded a $342,881 federal grant to develop a sediment-focused watershed plan and stream restoration design for Kinniconick Creek in Lewis County.
  • Kentucky Division of Water offers cold weather water pipe protection tips
    Monday, December 06, 2010
    With frigid temperatures and wind chills expected to continue through the week, the Kentucky Division of Water reminds citizens to protect the water systems in their homes and businesses from freezing.
  • All drought declarations ended
    Monday, December 06, 2010
    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team (KDMT), are lifting all drought declarations across the entire Commonwealth.
  • EPA Issues Decision on Kentucky’s Antidegradation Policy: Approves major elements of policy, suggests wording changes
    Wednesday, November 10, 2010
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final decision on Kentucky’s Antidegradation Policy Implementation Methodology regulation, which was submitted to EPA on Nov. 13, 2009. In a letter dated Nov. 9, 2010, to the Energy and Environment Cabinet, EPA approved the new and revised antidegradation regulation with the exception of four provisions.
  • $3.1 Million Available for Watershed Restoration
    Tuesday, November 09, 2010
    Grants totaling $3.1 million are available for projects that help cleanup polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater and for projects that protect water resources. The grants are for watershed restoration projects and for watershed implementation plan development as well as for other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution.
  • Drought continues despite beneficial rainfall
    Thursday, October 28, 2010
    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level 1 Drought Declaration for seven counties in two drought management areas (DMAs) in northeastern Kentucky. These new counties bring the total to 50 counties in seven DMAs under a Level 2 declaration and 42 counties in nine DMAs under a Level 1 declaration.
  • Level 2 drought declared in 50 Kentucky counties
    Friday, October 15, 2010
    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team (KDMT), are issuing a Level 2 Drought Declaration for counties in seven drought management areas (DMAs) in central and western Kentucky. In addition, a Level 1 Drought has been declared for an additional 16 counties in six DMAs.
  • Level 1 Drought Declared in 17 Additional Counties In and Around the Bluegrass Region
    Friday, October 01, 2010
    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team (KDMT), are issuing a Level I drought declaration for counties in six drought management areas (DMAs) in central and eastern Kentucky. These new counties bring the total to 69 counties in 11 DMAs under a Level 1 declaration.
  • State Agencies Team with EPA to Promote Water Conservation
    Thursday, September 30, 2010
    The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) are teaming with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program to help consumers save water for future generations and at the same time reduce costs on their current utility bills.
  • CDC Releases Guide for Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010
    A new document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will assist public health officials, practitioners and other stakeholders in their efforts to understand and prepare for drought in their communities.
  • Level 1 Drought Declared in 27 Counties in Western and Central Kentucky
    Friday, September 17, 2010
    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team (KDMT), are issuing a Level I Drought Declaration for five drought management areas (DMAs) in western and central Kentucky. These five areas are in addition to the three currently under the Level 1 declaration.
  • Governor Beshear announces $3.3 million federal grant awarded to prevent nonpoint source pollution
    Monday, September 13, 2010
    Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the awarding of approximately $3.3 million in a federal nonpoint source pollution control grant to 10 communities and organizations around the state for the development of watershed management plans and implementation of nonpoint source pollution controls.
  • Act Now to Protect Kentucky's Groundwater
    Thursday, September 09, 2010
    National Protect Your Groundwater Day, Sept. 14, is a good time to remember the importance of groundwater to our communities and how we can protect this vital natural resource.
  • Report on Water Quality in Kentucky Released for Public Comment
    Friday, July 23, 2010
    The Integrated Report to Congress on the Condition of Water Resources in Kentucky, 2010, volumes 1 and 2, prepared every two years as required by Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act, has been released by the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Water.
  • Division of Water introduces interactive public notification system
    Thursday, June 24, 2010
    The Department for Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Water (DOW) is announcing a change in the public notice notification system for Kentucky pollutant discharge elimination system (KPDES) and other wastewater permits, water quality certifications (WQCs) and state planning and environmental assessment reports (SPEARs). The new system will make permitting information available faster and will include greater detail.
  • Public Comment Sought on Dix River Watershed Water Quality Report
    Monday, May 17, 2010
    The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until June 15 on a draft report addressing pathogen impairment in 25 stream segments within the Dix River Watershed, located in the Kentucky River Basin.
  • Kentucky Division of Water Warns of Dangers Associated with Floodwater
    Tuesday, May 04, 2010
    As flood conditions persist in some areas of the Commonwealth following last weekend’s storms, the Kentucky Division of Water urges residents to take heed of local flood warnings and to be aware of the dangers associated with floodwater.
  • Kentucky Division of Water Provides Guidance on Emergency Water Disinfection
    Tuesday, May 04, 2010
    As power outages, low water pressure problems and flood conditions persist in some areas of the Commonwealth following last weekend’s storms, the Kentucky Division of Water urges residents to properly disinfect water for in-home use, including drinking, cooking, making prepared drinks and brushing teeth.
  • Kentucky Division of Water Provides Guidance on Flooding and Well Water Safety
    Tuesday, May 04, 2010
    During a flood, there is an increased risk that drinking water wells may become contaminated with bacteria or other micro-organisms. The Kentucky Division of Water provides guidance on recovery of flooded water wells.
  • PROTECT GROUND WATER TO PROMOTE SAFE DRINKING WATER
    Thursday, March 18, 2010
    Whether your drinking water comes from a spring, a well, a river or a lake, protecting ground water is essential to protecting all water resources.
  • WATER LEAKS DRAIN VALUABLE WATER RESOURCES
    Thursday, March 18, 2010
    This is "Fix a Leak Week" and officials at the Kentucky Division of Water are encouraging residents to repair small water leaks in their homes.
  • National Ground Water Awareness Week: Spring is a good time to check water wells
    Tuesday, March 09, 2010
    Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins, according to the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW).
  • Swimming Advisories to Continue at Kentucky Sites
    Friday, August 07, 2009
    Although summer school vacations are winding down, state water quality and public health officials are urging swimmers to continue healthy swimming behaviors that will help prevent the spread of waterborne illness. State officials are also reissuing swimming advisories for specific areas of Kentucky waterways.
  • Department for Environmental Protection issues new general permits for storm water construction, coal mining wastewater discharges
    Thursday, July 30, 2009
    The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued new general permits for storm water discharges associated with construction activity and for wastewater discharges associated with coal mining activities within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The permits go into effect Aug. 1, 2009.
  • Division of Water Scientist Receives Prestigious Award for Expertise in Drinking Water Supply
    Tuesday, July 28, 2009
    Julie Roney, an environmental scientist with the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW), has been named the recipient of a George Warren Fuller award for distinguished service to water utilities by the Kentucky-Tennessee Section of the American Water and Wastewater Association (AWWA).
  • State Survey Stresses Importance of Streams, Wetlands
    Tuesday, July 28, 2009
    The State Stream and Wetland Conservation Plan survey recently released by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) reveals the majority of respondents believe that Kentucky’s streams and wetlands are of critical importance and need to be protected from the effects of development and resource extraction.
  • Kentucky Division of Water provides guidance on emergency water disinfection
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009
    As power outages, low water pressure problems and flood conditions persist in some areas of the commonwealth following last weekend’s storms, the Kentucky Division of Water urges residents to properly disinfect water for in-home use, including drinking, cooking, making prepared drinks and brushing teeth.
  • Water Treatment Plants Receive State Recognition
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009
    Thirty-one water treatment plants in Kentucky have received awards from the Energy and Environment Cabinet in recognition of their demonstrated success in producing drinking water that consistently meets or exceeds state water quality standards.
  • State files complaint in Whitesburg water contamination case
    Tuesday, March 03, 2009
    The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Office of General Counsel Monday filed a verified complaint in Franklin Circuit Court against Childers Oil Inc. and Mountain Rail Properties in relation to last month’s release of diesel fuel from tanks that contaminated the Letcher County drinking water supply.
  • Department for Environmental Protection lifts drinking water consumer advisory for Letcher County
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    The Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has lifted the drinking water consumer advisory issued Feb. 16 for Letcher County following laboratory analysis of water samples taken Monday at the Whitesburg drinking water treatment plant and in the Whitesburg and Letcher County distribution systems.
  • Oil leak in Letcher County leads to consumer advisory
    Tuesday, February 17, 2009
    The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is working with the Whitesburg Water Works in Letcher County to resolve water quality issues associated with contamination of the public drinking water system. A consumer advisory issued Monday remains in effect pending the results of additional test samples taken of the source water and treated water in the distribution system.
  • Public notice documents available for review on DOW Web site
    Friday, February 13, 2009
    Public notices of Division of Water (DOW) agency actions are now available for review on the DOW Web site at www.water.ky.gov. This tool is designed to facilitate public participation and provide easier access to documents.
  • Division of Water provides guidance on emergency water disinfection
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009
    As power outages and low water pressure problems persist in some areas of the commonwealth as a result of the ice storm, Kentucky officials are urging residents to properly disinfect water for in-home use, including drinking, cooking, making prepared drinks and brushing teeth.
  • State seeks input on water resources conservation plan
    Thursday, February 05, 2009
    The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is seeking input from the public in the development of a conservation plan to better manage the commonwealth’s stream and wetland resources.
  • Containment of spill into Laurel River underway
    Monday, December 08, 2008
    The Kentucky Division of Water continues to work with Aisin Automotive Casting LLC in Laurel County to treat and dispose of a lubricant product that was accidentally released Nov. 30 from the plant into the Laurel River.
  • Boil water advisory lifted for Magoffin County
    Wednesday, November 26, 2008
    The Kentucky Division of Water has lifted the boil water advisory issued Nov. 13 for Magoffin County.
  • Boil water advisory issued for Magoffin County
    Thursday, November 13, 2008
    The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has issued a boil water advisory for Magoffin County resulting from poor water conditions in the Licking River.
  • Notice of violation issued in Whitesburg water contamination incident
    Thursday, November 13, 2008
    The Department for Environmental Protection has issued a notice of violation to Don Childers of Whitesburg in relation to the leakage of waste oil from his property into the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Letcher County.
  • Consumer Advisory Lifted for Letcher County
    Friday, November 07, 2008
    The Kentucky Division of Water has lifted the consumer advisory for Letcher County. The produced water as been cleared for drinking and all other uses.
  • Report on Water Quality in Kentucky is Released
    Monday, May 19, 2008
    The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet has released the 2008 Integrated Report to Congress on Water Quality in Kentucky, prepared every two years as required by Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act.
  • Governor Beshear Proclaims May 4-10 Drinking Water Week
    Tuesday, May 06, 2008
    Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed May 4-10 Drinking Water Week in Kentucky.
  • Pike County Fish Catch Mistaken for Fish Kill
    Wednesday, April 30, 2008
    Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet inspectors investigating an April 25 citizen report of a 60-count fish kill on the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River in Pike County found the carcasses of approximately 30 filleted fish on the banks of Russell Fork.
  • State Awards $520,947 Grant to Protect Corbin City Reservoir Watershed
    Wednesday, April 16, 2008
    The Kentucky Division of Water has announced the award of a $520,947 grant to Third Rock environmental engineering consultants, based in Lexington, for improving water quality and preventing nonpoint source pollution in the Corbin City Reservoir watershed in Laurel County.
  • $728,270 Grant Awarded to Protect Clarks River Watershed
    Wednesday, April 16, 2008
    The Kentucky Division of Water has announced the award of a $728,270 grant to the Jackson Purchase Resource Conservation and Development Foundation for improving water quality and preventing nonpoint source pollution in the Upper East Fork of Clarks River in Calloway, Marshall and McCracken counties.
  • WATER TREATMENT PLANTS RECEIVE STATE RECOGNITION
    Wednesday, April 16, 2008
    Thirty-two water treatment plants in Kentucky have received awards from the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet in recognition of their demonstrated success in producing drinking water that consistently meets or exceeds state water quality standards.
  • REPORT ADDRESSES WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS FROM PATHOGENS IN LITTLE RIVER
    Wednesday, April 16, 2008
    A draft report addressing water quality problems in the Little River related to pathogens is available for public comment through May 23.
  • COMMENT SOUGHT ON IMPAIRED WATERS LIST
    Friday, April 04, 2008
    The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking comments on its draft 2008 list of impaired waters, as required by the Federal Clean Water Act, through May 7.
  • WATER SHORTAGE WATCHES, WARNINGS LIFTED FOR 19 COUNTIES
    Tuesday, November 13, 2007
    Water shortage watches and warnings issued by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet for 67 counties in June and September have been lifted for 19 of those counties.
  • STATE ISSUES WATER SHORTAGE WARNING FOR HARLAN, LETCHER AND PIKE COUNTIES
    Friday, October 19, 2007
    The Kentucky Division of Water has issued a water shortage warning for Harlan County, Letcher County and the Elkhorn Creek watershed in Pike County due to drought-related water supply shortages.
  • U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS OPENS RESERVOIRS TO WATER WITHDRAWAL
    Thursday, October 04, 2007
    The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet today announced the Louisville and Huntington (W. Va.) districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will issue permits for the temporary withdrawal of water from 13 USACE-operated reservoirs in Kentucky.
  • DROUGHT, HIGHER TEMPERATURES CAUSING UNPLEASANT TASTE, ODOR IN DRINKING WATER
    Thursday, October 04, 2007
    The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet assured the public today that drinking water from municipal water supplies is safe to consume despite drought-induced changes in taste and smell. The changes are attributable to low water supplies, high temperatures and supplemental water treatment.
  • STATE CITES TOWN BRANCH WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT FOR SEWAGE RELEASE
    Monday, September 10, 2007
    The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet has issued a notice of violation to the Town Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant for an Aug. 31 spill of 3,135,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into Town Branch.
  • WARREN COUNTY PLACED ON WATER SHORTAGE WARNING
    Monday, August 13, 2007
    (Aug. 9, 2007) – The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, Division of Water, has issued a water shortage warning for Warren County, Kentucky. The warning area includes the city of Bowling Green and the surrounding communities served by Bowling Green Municipal Utilities and the Warren County Water District.
  • PLASTICS COMPANY TOLD TO HALT SOLVENT RELEASE INTO OHIO RIVER
    Monday, August 13, 2007
    (July 30, 2007) - The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC) has ordered a Greenup County plastics plant to immediately stop releasing a solvent into the Ohio River at Wurtland. The order, issued July 26, directs Pregis Innovative Packaging Inc. to immediately halt any activity and correct any condition leading to the discharge of unacceptable levels of methylene chloride into the Ohio River.
  • DROUGHT PERSISTS DESPITE RECENT RAINFALL
    Monday, July 09, 2007
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the last three weeks have brought beneficial rainfall to most of Kentucky, but have not eliminated the drought conditions over most of the state.
  • Public Comments Wanted for Plan to Use $40 Million for Drinking Water Projects
    Tuesday, August 29, 2006
    The Intended Use Plan is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act to determine how funds will be spent.
  • Draft Report Addresses Water Quality Problems in Two Creeks in Rockcastle County
    Thursday, August 17, 2006
    Brush Creek and Crooked Creek are subjects of a report required by the federal Clean Water Act.
  • Swine-feeding Operations Issued Kentucky Construction and No Discharge Operational Permits
    Friday, July 07, 2006
    Nine swine-feeding operations in Fulton, Hickman and Carlisle counties have been issued construction permits and Kentucky No Discharge operational permits. The permits contain restrictions that require measures to protect communities and the environment.
  • Swimming Advisories to Continue at Kentucky Sites
    Friday, June 30, 2006
    A new indicator for harmful bacteria and new data are being evaluated. Until more is known, people should avoid swimming and other recreational contact with waters in the listed areas.
  • Report Addresses Water Quality Problems from Fecal Coliform
    Tuesday, June 06, 2006
    A draft report addressing water quality problems related to pathogens in three creeks is available for public comment.
  • JUNE IS RIVERS MONTH: COME JOIN THE FUN
    Thursday, June 01, 2006
    Many activities are planned for the month to celebrate Kentucky's rivers and streams.
  • COMMENTS SOUGHT FOR PLAN TO USE $25 MILLION FOR DRINKING WATER PLANTS
    Tuesday, May 16, 2006
    The Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund prioritizes projects for drinking water plants. Public involvement in finalizing the plan is an EPA requirement under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Video Available for Health Care Providers
    Thursday, May 11, 2006
    A video has been prepared by the CDC and U.S. EPA to provide information for health care providers concerning waterborne problems.
  • For Drinking Water Week: Consider its Value
    Wednesday, May 10, 2006
    "The Wonder of Water" is the theme of Drinking Water Week." Consider the many values of the water you receive from the tap.
  • Here Are Some Ways to Know More About Your Drinking Water
    Wednesday, May 10, 2006
    "The Wonder of Water" is the theme for Drinking Water Week. Here is some information about how you can know more about your drinking water
  • Celebrate 'The Wonder of Water'
    Tuesday, May 02, 2006
    “The Wonder of Water" is the theme for Drinking Water Week, May 7-13, 2006, an opportunity to celebrate and help protect safe, reliable drinking water. In Kentucky, it also falls at the beginning of Water Awareness Month, an educational program of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Happy Birthday, Ollie Otter
    Monday, April 17, 2006
    Ollie Otter, the clean water mascot of the Kentucky Water Watch program, will be 21 on Earth Day.
  • Get Involved in Helping to Protect Kentucky's Waters
    Tuesday, March 28, 2006
    Free workshops will teach the science of stream assessment to volunteers.
  • Groundwater Awareness Week Begins March 13
    Friday, March 10, 2006
    1.9 million Kentuckians rely on groundwater. National Groundwater Awareness Week is an occasion for considering what groundwater means to our communities, to each of us as individuals and how we go about protecting this vital resource.
  • City of Frankfort, Subdivision Developer Cited for Water Quality Violations
    Friday, January 20, 2006
    Activities on two sites contributed to silt buildup in Benson Creek, a tributary of the Kentucky River. Both should have had permits issued by the Division of Water and should have been implementing plans to manage or eliminate erosion resulting in silt-contaminated runoff.
  • Kentucky Receives $3.5 Million Federal Grant for Water Pollution Control Projects
    Friday, January 06, 2006
    Funds will be used to support efforts to keep Kentucky’s waterways safe for drinking, wildlife support and recreation as well as to help correct existing water quality problems.
  • REPORTS ADDRESS WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS FROM ACID DRAINAGE
    Wednesday, November 16, 2005
    Eleven draft reports addressing water quality problems related to acid drainage are available for public comment.
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant at City of Cumberland Disrupted by Presence of Mercury
    Wednesday, November 02, 2005
    Mercury contamination was discovered at the city of Cumberland's wastewater treatment plant during recent maintenance work. That work is on hold during investigation, and partially treated sewage is flowing into the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River.
  • WATER SHORTAGE WATCH LIFTED IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL COUNTIES
    Friday, October 14, 2005
    The Kentucky Division of Water is lifting its water shortage watch for the counties in Kentucky's West and Central climatic divisions. However, the watch remains in effect for the Bluegrass climatic division, and a dry weather advisory is being issued for the Central and East climatic divisions.
  • KENTUCKY DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS SHOW SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS
    Friday, October 07, 2005
    A triennial report to Governor Ernie Fletcher highlights successes of the state capacity development program to address problems in the technical, managerial and financial ability of drinking water systems.
  • WATER SYSTEMS IN LEBANON, CARROLLTON WIN EPA AWARDS
    Friday, September 23, 2005
    Two drinking water systems in Kentucky have been cited for their commitment to the protection of the public’s drinking water.
  • Water Shortage Watch Issued
    Thursday, August 11, 2005
    Indicators establish the drought status as severe for the Bluegrass, Central and West divisions of the state and mild for the East.
  • Citations Are Issued for Four Black Water Spills
    Monday, August 01, 2005
    Three black water spills traced to the same coal preparation plant have resulted in notices of violation by the Kentucky Division of Water against a coal company in Pike County. In a separate incident, a second company was cited for a spill that caused a fish kill in a connecting stream.
  • SWIMMING ADVISORIES TO CONTINUE AT KENTUCKY SITES
    Friday, July 08, 2005
    The Division of Water in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet and the Division of Public Health Protection and Safety in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services agree that data indicate conditions remain unsafe for swimming in some areas.
  • DRY WEATHER ADVISORY IS ISSUED
    Wednesday, June 29, 2005
    Mild drought conditions have developed across most of central and western Kentucky. However, water supplies have not yet been threatened.
  • DRINKING WATER NOTICES NO REASON FOR CONSUMER CONCERN: They reflect careful government standards for water purity
    Monday, May 09, 2005
    Many water systems in the state were recently required to notify customers that maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for certain disinfectant byproducts (DBPs) had been exceeded. But these notices should not cause alarm.
  • “WONDER OF WATER” IS THEME OF DRINKING WATER WEEK:  Educators, let your students “Wonder about Water”
    Thursday, May 05, 2005
    Many resources are available for teachers to get their students involved in learning "the wonder of water."
  • WATER AWARENESS MONTH, DRINKING WATER WEEK ARE CELEBRATED IN MAY
    Wednesday, May 04, 2005
    Both events promote water awareness for Kentuckians.
  • CONSUMERS HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION ABOUT DRINKING WATER
    Wednesday, May 04, 2005
    The Safe Drinking Water Act makes it possible for consumers to find out about what is in their drinking water.
  • CELEBRATION CALLS ON ALL TO MAKE WATER-RESPONSIBLE CHOICES
    Wednesday, May 04, 2005
    Consumers’ actions affect the quality of source water and the level of treatment required to provide safe drinking water.  To keep drinking water safe and treatment costs down, we need to be aware that what we do to the land affects our drinking water sources.
  • ‘WONDER OF WATER’ IS THEME OF DRINKING WATER WEEK
    Wednesday, May 04, 2005
    Drinking Water Week celebrates 30 years of Safe Drinking Water Act progress.
  • GET INVOLVED IN HELPING TO PROTECT KENTUCKY’S WATERS
    Thursday, March 17, 2005
    Free workshops teach the science of stream assessment.  Participants will then be able to volunteer to help monitor waterways in Kentucky.
  • NORTHERN KENTUCKY AIRPORT STORM WATER PERMIT IS REISSUED:  New permit contains more stringent requirements
    Monday, February 07, 2005
    A permit regulating storm water runoff to Gunpowder and Elijahs creeks is meant to help eliminate the impairment of the two streams.
  • WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED TO ASSIST WITH PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: $3.5 Million Available for Projects to Control Runoff Pollution
    Wednesday, February 02, 2005
    Workshops have been scheduled to help with development of projects for Nonpoint Source grants.
  • EPA LAUNCHING PERFORMANCE AWARDS FOR WATER SYSTEMS Objectives are to recognize outstanding public systems
    Thursday, January 06, 2005
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching an awards program to call attention to outstanding performance by water systems that supply drinking water to the public.
  • $3.5 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR WATERSHED RESTORATIONFunds are available for nonpoint source pollution control projects
    Monday, December 13, 2004
    Grants totaling $3.5 million are available for watershed restoration projects and for watershed implementation plan development as well as for other projects to help mitigate or prevent rainwater runoff pollution.
  • KENTUCKY’S DRINKING WATER AMONG THE SAFEST IN THE NATION
    Wednesday, October 06, 2004
    Although news about elevated lead levels in drinking water in our nation's capital as well as other cities has alarmed many, lead levels in Kentucky's drinking water systems are below the EPA action levels.
  • Swimming Advisories Continue at Several Sites in Kentucky
    Thursday, July 01, 2004
    Swimming advisories that have been in place for several years in different areas of the state are being continued.
  • Comments Sought for Plan to Use $60 Million for Drinking Water Plants
    Friday, June 18, 2004
    Almost $60 million is available for low-interest loans for construction of drinking water projects in Kentucky, and the state wants the public's comments on a draft plan to use that money.