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Experimental Asian carp harvest method to be employed at Kentucky Lake during February

The deployment of an experimental Asian carp harvest method on Kentucky Lake will impact public access during the month of February. In an effort to rid the lake of thousands of invasive Asian carp, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority have scheduled a research...

Bio-acoustic fish fence aimed at stopping Asian carp migration now operational at Lake Barkley

An experimental project designed to keep invasive Asian carp from moving farther up the Cumberland River was unveiled Friday at Lake Barkley. A bio-acoustic fish fence (BAFF) was deployed on the downstream side of Barkley Lock. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and U.S. Congressman James Comer along with project partners, ceremonially inaugurated the BAFF system as part of a three-year evaluation to deter...

Experimental device could block Asian carp from entering Lake Barkley; construction now underway

An experimental project designed to deter Asian carp from entering Lake Barkley in Western Kentucky is now underway. If weather conditions remain stable, the project is scheduled to become operational by fall. “We’re anxious to get this test underway because it has the potential to be a real game changer in the battle against Asian carp,” said Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for the Kentucky...

The Licking River: A 300-mile journey
from mountains to thriving metropolis

  Part one of a seven-part series   The Licking River begins with a whimper on its 300-mile plus journey north from headwaters in the mountains of Kentucky to its crescendo as it converges with the Ohio River at metro Cincinnati. Veteran reporter Andy Mead undertook his journey in an aluminum canoe, braving the elements on and off over more than a year, to experience himself the good, the...

Could species conservation be key to winning a college football championship? Hmmm…

By Ethan Alpern Special to KyForward   As college football championship week gets under way, analysts may want to pay attention to a different set of rankings — the endangered species list.   In fact, by studying the work that U.S. Geological Survey scientists have conducted on endangered species, the outcomes of many teams this season could have been accurately – though not statistically...

Drop, Cover and Hold On: Kentucky among 10 states participating in Great ShakeOut

  On Thursday, communities in Kentucky and nine other states will take part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut multistate earthquake drill. The ShakeOut is scheduled 10:17 a.m. local time Oct. 17. During the drill, millions of people simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking, and Drop, Cover and Hold On:   * DROP to the ground,   * Take COVER by getting...