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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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Our Partners

January 21, 2006
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The Head of Three Rivers Project is a part of the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team, a partnership between the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the AmeriCorps*VISTA program. For more information about this partnership, please visit the ACCWT website. The local sponsor for the Letcher Co. project is the Eastern Kentucky Environmental Research...

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The Cowan Creek Assessment Project

January 21, 2006
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The Head of Three Rivers Project is working with the Cowan Community Action Group to monitor water along Cowan Creek, through a grant received from Kentucky River Authority. The monitoring has shown high levels of chromium in the creek, but followup testing has been contradictory. More testing is scheduled for summer 2008. The project...

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Shall We Gather at the River

January 21, 2006
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Many churches in Letcher County practice immersion baptism in the creeks near their sanctuaries. Because of high levels of bacteria in many of those creeks, The Head of Three Rivers is seeking to monitor those creeks and engage local churches in those efforts. The World Wildlife Fund has granted the project $5,000 through the...

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