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Big Dip Redux Web Conference and Presentations

November 16, 2016
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On Tuesday, November 15th, Kentucky Community and Technical College and Eastern Kentucky University students participated in a web conference to review and present water quality findings from the Big Dip Redux sampling event. The Big Dip Redux took place in September of this year when streams throughout southeastern Kentucky were sampled by students and...

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Watershed Quality Education at LCCHS

October 14, 2016
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Watershed Quality Education at LCCHS

On October 12th, 60 Letcher County Central High School (LCCHS) chemistry students studied watershed quality at Lilley Cornett Woods. Led by Regina Donour, LCCHS chemistry teacher, and Eastern Kentucky University faculty, students assessed four watersheds in close proximity to the Lilley Cornett Woods Research Center. In order to determine the healthiest of the four...

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KRWW Fall Sampling Event

September 15, 2016
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KRWW Fall Sampling Event

Kentucky River Watershed Watch (KRWW) held the annual Fall Sampling event last week. Between September 8th and 10th, 136 stream sites across the Kentucky River Basin were sampled and tested for E.coli and heavy metals. This was a large water testing undertaking with samples coming from 40 Kentucky counties. Headwaters and Letcher County were...

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Successful Turnout for the Big Dip Redux

September 15, 2016
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Successful Turnout for the Big Dip Redux

This past Saturday, September 10th, 74 college students and community members throughout Eastern Kentucky participated in the Big Dip Redux. Collectively, volunteers sampled over 75 sites for various water quality parameters. This event was a 9/11 AmeriCorps VISTA National Day of Service project and was carried out as part of a more comprehensive Kentucky...

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Appalachian Health & Well-being Forum

July 20, 2016
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Appalachian Health & Well-being Forum

The Appalachian Health & Well-being Forum is taking place Monday, July 25th 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office. If you are interested in water quality, environmental health, or overall well-being, be sure to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the well-being initiatives taking place in...

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Total Trihalomethanes in Kentucky’s Streams and Rivers

July 18, 2016
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TTHMs Trihalomethanes are one of the main byproducts of chemical water disinfection systems and other chemical contaminations. Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) are prevalent in chlorinated water supplies, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TTHM Chemical Formation TTHMs are formed when chlorine, a common disinfectant, is added to water containing organic materials, which occurs...

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Public Comments Requested for Water Infrastructure

July 14, 2016
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Public Comments Requested for Water Infrastructure

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) is a federal advisory committee established to provide advice and recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding environmental justice issues. NEJAC holds public comments sessions in order to gather public input related to environmental justice matters. NEJAC is currently  accepting public comments regarding (1) water infrastructure...

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Bad Branch Designated a Wild River

June 29, 2016
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Bad Branch Designated a Wild River

The Kentucky Division of Water has designated Bad Branch a Wild River. This designation includes the Kentucky 932 bridge upstream to the headwaters. Bad Branch Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in Kentucky. Be sure to take a look at the Wild Rivers Story Map for Bad Branch and other Wild Rivers to...

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