Aug. 15th news, fecal results, training, etc.

Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA

Welcome to the Letcher Water blog. This is going to be used to announce news and happenings relevant to the Letcher County, KY world of water.

WMMT’s “Mountain Talk” was about water last night!

Last night WMMT hosted an edition of their talk radio program “Mountain Talk” about water in this area focusing on Letcher County and the Kentucky Watershed Watch program. Katie Dollarhide and myself were guests and had the opportunity to talk about what we do and share a little bit of knowledge.

Watershed Watch Phase 1 Training, August 26th

Saturday, August 26th there will be a stream monitoring training at the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Community College from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The training is open to anyone willing to learn how to take water samples that will help document water quality issues in Kentucky rivers and streams. However if you are under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you

This training is just in time to get involved for the September 15-16 metals sampling in which a lab with analyze samples for 30 different metals.

for info and to register visit

Interesting Numbers about water lines in Letcher County…

I was talking with Donnie Proffit, the chairman of the Letcher County Water & Sewer District yesterday and heard some pretty amazing numbers regarding new water lines in Letcher County.

From June 30, 2005 – June 30, 2006, 174,000 linear feet of water line have been installed.

that’s 14,500 ft a month
477 ft per day (!)

plus there’s currently 69,000 ft already bid out and in the processing of being installed.

there’s still a lot of work to be done but hearing those numbers gave me rare wave of optimism regarding water service in our county.

Cowan Creek Focus Study

In the next month, I’m going to be working with KRWW & the Division of Water on a fecal focus study of Cowan & Little Cowan. We’re goign to be doing 5 rounds of samples in the next few weeks. If you would like to get involved please let me know.

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