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Governor announces 12 communities selected for more than $692,000 to improve recreational trails

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced his selection of 12 projects totaling $692,058 to receive funding from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), all of which will upgrade parks and recreational spaces across Kentucky. Communities selected for funding are Carroll County, Franklin County, Garrard County, Harlan County, Hart County, Henderson County, Martin County, Perry County, Shelby County, Madisonville,...

UK research seeks to understand, reduce environmental exposures in Eastern Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In a new study, University of Kentucky researchers and members of three community-based nonprofits will use a multidisciplinary, stakeholder-engaged approach to identify and reduce drinking water disinfection byproduct exposure in Martin and Letcher counties. Disinfection byproducts, also known as DBPs, form when halogen-based disinfectants, such as chlorine, react...

Reviewing Biden’s plan for ‘building back better’ and what it could mean for the Ohio Valley

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley ReSource David Meinschein’s teachers, staff and students have sacrificed a lot this year amid the staggering challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. He opens the door heading inside Ballad Memorial High School’s basketball gymnasium — known locally as the “Green Palace” for its school colors. The school’s emptiness is another reminder of COVID-19’s impact....

UK pilot study finds high levels of contaminants in Martin County drinking water samples

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Martin County drinking water regularly exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum contamination levels for cancer-causing disinfection byproducts and coliform bacteria, according to preliminary findings of a University of Kentucky pilot study. The pilot study was conducted by Jason Unrine and Wayne Sanderson, both professors in the UK College of Agriculture,...

Asian longhorned tick found in Kentucky; insect a concern for livestock producers, pet owners

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Asian longhorned tick, which preys on a variety of hosts including humans and wild and domestic animals, has been found in Kentucky. This new tick is known to attack animals in large numbers and will be a concern to livestock producers, wildlife enthusiasts and pet owners. “This tick is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on domestic...

UK personnel working to implement environmental changes, help lower obesity rates in Martin County

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky personnel are working to implement environmental changes to help lower the obesity rates of residents in the state’s most obese county. Faculty and staff with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are collaborating with many community leaders in Martin County to improve the county’s built environment infrastructure, increase...

More than $7 million in grant funding awarded for water issues, economic development in Martin Co.

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday announced $7.23 million in grant funding for four projects in Martin County to address the community’s failing water system and improve economic development opportunities. Two grants were awarded to help address the water crisis in Martin County, including: • $2 million from the Abandoned Mines Lands (AML) Pilot...

A Christmas wish: Citizens of Martin County want clean water flowing from the tap

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Clean water flowing from the tap still is a luxury for many residents of Martin County who continue to experience the ripple effects of a 2000 coal slurry spill.  

Nina McCoy, chair of Martin County Concerned Citizens, says the disaster uncovered the water company’s deteriorating infrastructure, which has still not been resolved.  

McCoy says cracked,...

Rogers, Bevin announce $3.4 million project to address water supply issues in Martin County

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $3.4 million project to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District. The project will help secure clean water for the people of Martin County and will be administered by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KY DAML), which has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Office...