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Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission to vote on rolling back pollution rules

By Nadia Ramalagan Public News Service The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is slated to vote on loosening water-pollution regulations at its meeting this week in Covington. The proposed changes would give states the ability to opt out of pollution-control standards for the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to 5 million people. The Ohio River is 981 miles long and supplies drinking...

Nucor announces plans for $1.35 billion plate mill in Brandenberg, one of state’s largest-ever investments

Steel products producer Nucor Corp. has announced the company’s plans to build a $1.35 billion steel plate manufacturing mill in Meade County, creating more than 400 full-time. The project will rank among the state’s largest-ever single investments. “The new plate mill will grow our company’s already significant presence in Kentucky. With this announcement, Nucor is currently investing more...

Kentucky’s groundwater pollution resulting from coal ash ranks among worst in U.S., new report shows

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A power plant outside of Louisville ranks among the top 10 most polluted in the country for groundwater contamination by coal ash, according to a new report. Coal ash is the toxic leftover byproduct of burning coal, and coal plants produce millions of tons of it each year. The study by the Environmental Integrity Project and the environmental law firm Earthjustice...

LG&E and KU urging customers to remain vigilant as waters continue to rise, offer flood safety information

With increased flooding conditions across the region, LG&E and KU are on alert and monitoring areas within the utilities’ service territories and that run along the Ohio River. The utilities are following the river forecast and are prepared to modify service, as needed, to ensure the safety of customers within flooded areas, the general public and our crews in the field. Customers are urged...

Forecastle Festival reveals artist lineup for three-day celebration of music, art and activism July 12-14

Embarking on its 17th year, the Forecastle Festival will return July 12-14 and feature one of the most iconic alt-rock bands of the past decade, The Killers. In addition, high-energy folk rockers The Avett Brothers, and 2019 Grammy-winning hip-hop, funk and soul performers Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals will also be featured performers. The three-day celebration of music, art and activism...

Upgrades at LG&E and KU’s Ohio Falls Hydroelectric Generating Station in Louisville now complete

LG&E and KU have announced the completion of a modernization effort at the company’s historic Ohio Falls Hydroelectric Generating Station in Louisville. With the upgrades now in place, the facility is poised to enter a second century of generating clean, low-cost energy by harnessing the natural power of the Ohio River. “We are especially proud of Ohio Falls, which was a modern marvel when...

Officials discover juvenile Black Carp in Western Kentucky confirming invasive species in reproducing

A juvenile black carp has been discovered in Ballard County, according to the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The fish, a member of the invasive Asian carp species, came from Gar Creek near the Ohio River. “Assuming this fish was spawned locally, it provides further evidence that black carp are becoming more established in the lower Ohio River drainage...

Biologists predict improvement in waterfowl hunting in Kentucky as bitter cold predicted north of river

A bitter cold front is expected to wash over duck-holding areas north of the Ohio River early next week, which should mean good news for waterfowl hunting in Kentucky, according to experts at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The cold is coming,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “An expanding cold trough should create...

Remember when the Ohio River froze over . . . here’s a riverboat captain’s remembrance of that and more

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to KyForward Winter is officially here, and the frosty temps the Ohio River Valley has experienced since early autumn has river rats wondering if the Ohio is going to freeze before the lilacs bloom in April. The sudden and lingering chill so early in the season, evacuated the summer boaters from my paddlewheeler CLYDE.’s marina as surely as had the plague been discovered...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Our state’s many streams and rivers are an important part of history, everyday life

They are present everywhere we travel — to work, school, or shopping trips in urban, rural or suburban areas. Driving Kentucky roadways you are likely to cross a small stream or river, or see one off in the distance. Kentucky waterways, important in our history, and part of our daily life, are where we escape to relax and recreate — fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, pleasure boat, or simply take...

A ride across the river on Ms. Lucky Lady, the new Rabbit Hash Ferry — and what an adventure it was

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to KyForward Who’d a’ thought a round trip ride on the new Rising Sun – Rabbit Hash Ferry, built and operated by the Rising Star Casino and Resort, was in the cards this past Sunday, the last day of September? I was the last to imagine such an unexpected adventure. But then, my “river rat” buddy, Barb Anderson, innkeeper of the Anderson’s Riviera Inn, situated...

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends new catfish and pay lake regulations

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has proposed new regulations establishing statewide limits on trophy catfish, and proposed tightening existing regulations on the commercial harvest of large catfish and their use by pay lakes. Commission members, at their Sept. 28 quarterly meeting, also approved three wildlife studies of bears, bobcats and otters. Most commission actions must be approved...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Green River National Wildlife Refuge near Henderson to protect nearly 24,000 acres

Plans are in the works for the establishment of a national wildlife refuge near Henderson. A statement posted on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website in part read, “The Service has been directed to approve the establishment of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), near the confluence of the Green River and Ohio River in Henderson County. The refuge should consist of approximately...

Canine ‘Lucy Lou’ Kayser, former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate has died

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate Lucy Lou has died. Mayor Lucy Lou (photos courtesy of Bobbi Layne Kayser) The 12-year-old border collie died Monday from kidney failure attributed to her age, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Lucy Lou lived her whole life in Rabbit Hash and was a familiar face in the community, with...

Environmental groups caution ORSANCO against doing away with water quality standards monitoring

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A commission that helps control water quality in the Ohio River is looking to shed some of its duties. For 70 years, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, known as ORSANCO, has set standards for pollution levels in the river to ensure the water is safe for drinking and recreation. But now, commissioners say their standards are redundant, as state and...

BB Riverboats barge arrives; $2 million upgrade will convert former casino into multi-use facility

The former casino barge that BB Riverboats is converting into a multi-purpose facility completed its 700-mile, 10-day trip from Wood River, Illinois, arriving on the Covington riverfront shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The BB Riverboats barge with a view of the Cincinnati skyline as a backdrop. The view will be a little different when renovations in Covington are completed. The barge will then make...

BB Riverboats purchases former Argosy Casino barge for new floating facility on Newport waterfront

BB Riverboats, which operates riverboat excursions on the Ohio River from Newport Landing, is bringing a former casino barge to the region, which the company will convert into a new event facility, catering operation, wharf, and business offices. The barge was once part of a floating complex that housed the Argosy Casino in Sioux City, Iowa. It is now being towed from a shipyard in Wood River, Illinois...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Spring fishing is underway, but anglers should monitor weather trends

The calendar says yes, but the weather forecast can be iffy. Spring fishing is underway and now is the time for anglers to pay close attention to weather trends — temperature fluctuations, outlooks for precipitation, and storm fronts, to pick the best times to wet a line. Springtime in Kentucky means unsettled weather, and sometimes snow, as we experienced this week. Make the most of your time...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet study confirms need for new bridge across Ohio at NKY-Cincinnati

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today released the findings of a year-long study that confirms the need for construction of a new bridge across the Ohio River to improve safety and travel on I-71 and I-75 between Ohio and Kentucky. The proposed new bridge would be in addition to the existing Brent Spence Bridge, which was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles per day but currently carries more...

Students in grades K-12 invited to submit entries for 2018 Ohio River Sweep poster contest

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is accepting Student entries in a poster contest for the 29th annual Ohio River Sweep. The Ohio River Sweep, scheduled for Saturday, June 16, is a one-day cleanup project for the Ohio River and its tributaries. The Sweep covers nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cairo, IL. Trash collected during the Sweep has included cars, tires,...