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Algal bloom recreational public health advisory issued, blooms found at locations on the Ohio River

The Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) have issued a harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational public health advisory for the Ohio River from the McAlpine Dam near Louisville to the Greenup Dam near Greenup. An advisory is also being issued for Briggs Lake near Russellville. A HAB recreational public health advisory means algal toxins have been found at various...

Ky. Division of Water, National Weather Service to co-host national drought forum in September at WKU

Scientists and policymakers from across the nation, including those from the Kentucky Division of Water, will gather at Western Kentucky University’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green on September 17-19 to address topics and issues associated with drought. The biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) forum will address administrative issues, incorporate the latest scientific advances in drought...

Campbellsville’s Green River Academy environmental program engages local high school students

Most people complain about storms, but for a group of local high school students, the rain arrived at the perfect time. This summer Dr. Richie Kessler, an associate professor of biology/environmental studies program coordinator, at Campbellsville University, was able to conduct the first Green River Academy thanks to a watershed mini-grant provided by the Kentucky Division of Water. From left are:...

State officials offer safety tips to stay healthy when enjoying Kentucky’s water ways this summer

With summer upon us, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources. Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in any body of water. By using common...

Public Service Commission moves to end duplicative reporting requirements for Kentucky water utilities

Acting to end a duplicative reporting requirement, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is telling water utilities they are no longer required to send copies of “boil water” advisories to the PSC. The PSC instead will be informed of boil water advisories via a daily report that it receives from the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW), which has primary responsibility for enforcing drinking...

UK Biosystems and Agricultural Extension hosting Project WET as part of Water Week workshop

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nationally and internationally used environmental education curriculum. Its interdisciplinary, hands-on activities are designed to provide educators with ways to engage learners in the many aspects of water in the environment. As part of University of Kentucky’s 2017 Water Week, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Extension, the Kentucky Division...

Kentucky Division of Water now accepting applications for Watershed Mini-Grants

The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) is soliciting applications for $5,000 grants to be awarded in each of the state’s seven major river basins. The application process began August 1 and will run through Sept. 30. The mini grants would fund local educational, outreach and organizational activities to build local capacity and improve water quality issues in the basins. “The purpose of the mini-grants...

State Division of Water awarded $200,000 Homeland Security grant for dam safety pilot project

A $200,000 grant has been awarded to the Kentucky Division of Water by the U.S. Department for Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate for a pilot project to develop instrumentation monitoring and flood warning systems for dams. The initial project focus is to research flood warning and instrumentation monitoring activities that are being conducted at dam locations throughout the...

Mike Denham: Situation in Flint reminds us not to take clean and plentiful water for granted

Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet. We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there. For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth. These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate...

State PSC denies request to abandon three Franklin County sewer systems; move not in public interest

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has denied a request by Ridgelea Investments to abandon three unprofitable sewer systems in Franklin County while retaining a profitable system in Grant County. In an order issued Monday, the PSC said that Kentucky law does not permit such partial abandonment. “Authorizing a utility to abandon unprofitable facilities while it retains profitable one would...

Kentucky Division of Water issues recreational guidelines for upcoming summer season

With summer approaching, The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources. Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in any body of water. By using...

Kentucky Division of Water makes funds available for projects that help prevent contamination

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is making available assistance funds to help communities pay for source water protection projects that will help prevent contamination of drinking water sources. The funds, not to exceed $60,000 per project, are available to public water systems as well as the entities they serve. “The goal of the funding program is to make money available for small projects...

State Division of Water offers tips to residents affected by recent flooding in Kentucky

As flooding conditions persist in some areas of western Kentucky resulting from widespread rainfall in the Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi river basins over the past several weeks, the Kentucky Division of Water urges residents to take heed of local flood warnings and to be aware of the dangers associated with floodwater. Avoid contact with floodwater. Whether on foot or in a vehicle, do not attempt...

Kentucky water systems produce consistently ‘high-quality drinking water,’ study shows

The Kentucky Division of Water recently completed a study of public drinking water data to determine if heavy metals such as arsenic and chromium were occurring in public drinking water at concentrations that may cause health concerns.   The results?   “The analysis revealed that heavy metals are not occurring in public drinking water systems at levels that cause health concerns and affirmed...