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Acid Mine Drainage Blowout on Line Fork

March 13, 2007
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Acid Mine Drainage Blowout on Line Fork

Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA Long time no word but in the world of water when it rains it pours. So after a dormant winter the first Spring flowers have brought lots of water news. More will come soon BUT… Mercy that’s a lot of water! There has been a mess of water quality...

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Source Water Assessment and Protection Plan For Elkhorn Lake (primary source) City of Jenkins PWSID # 0670213

January 21, 2007
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Letcher County, Kentucky Prepared by the Kentucky Rural Water Association in cooperation with the Kentucky Division of Water TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction…………………………………………………………………4 General System Information……………………………………………..7 Historical Water Withdrawal and Quality………………………………8 Steering Committee………………………………………………………..9 Source Protection in Kentucky  ………………………………………..11 Source Water Assessment Process……………………………………13 Assessment of Project Area……………………………………………..15 Management Strategy……………………………………………………..17 NonRegulatoryActions………………………………………………18 RegulatoryActions……………………………………………………20 Contingency Planning…………………………………………………….21 Appendix A.Inventory of...

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Bad Branch Falls

January 21, 2007
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WYMT Letcher Water by Amy Walker

November 30, 2006
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WYMT Letcher Water Interview News segment on WYMT TV about Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in Letcher County,KY and the work of OSM/VISTA Evan Smith (Head of Three Rivers Project) and Kentucky Watershed Watch to bring attention to this problem and seek remediation. Produced by Amy Walker.

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A Growing Storm of Media Coverage

November 30, 2006
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A Growing Storm of Media Coverage

Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA Lots of good press today The Lexington Herald put the project front center! “Local problem, local help” YOUNG MAN IS PART OF PUSH TO ANALYZE, CLEAN UP LETCHER’S TAINTED STREAMS http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/16128228.htm “Watershed team hopes for more help from VISTA volunteers” http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/16128225.htm -WYMT TV aired a story on their 6...

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WWF Southeast Rivers and Streams Grant

November 27, 2006
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Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA Good news, The Head of Three Rivers Project received a grant from the World Wildlife Fund’s Southeast Rivers & Streams Fund to do some work looking at the sewage problems on the Poor Fork (Cumberland River). The goal is to look at the e. coli levels of each tributary...

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2006 Kentucky River Watershed Watch Results

November 21, 2006
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Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA To round up a very successful year of Watershed Watch, I put together a Powerpoint presentation the shows some of our findings for the year for Letcher, Knott, & Perry counties. This was presented at the potluck on November 17th, but for folks that weren’t able to make it...

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Fall Successes

October 3, 2006
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Fall Successes

Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA Well we’re into October now and got through a busy September. the first big event was the Kentucky Watershed Watch Fall Sampling Event Normally the Fall Watershed Watch event is called the “low-flow” event but this year we had lots of rain and the creeks were higher than usual....

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Letcher Water Booth at Mountain Heritage 2006

August 17, 2006
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Letcher Water Booth at Mountain Heritage 2006

Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA good news! The Letcher County Conservation District provided the Head of Three Rivers project with a mini-grant so that we can have a booth at this year’s Mountain Heritage Festival and share water quality information. Plans are to make some nice maps to show results from the Big Dip...

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

August 16, 2006
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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...

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