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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Kentucky Division of Water

Division of Water
Resource Planning and Program Support Branch

Kristie Graham, Branch Manager 502-782-6957  Email:

The Resource Planning and Program Support Branch works closely with all branches of the Division of Water (DOW) and with other intergovernmental and community agencies to plan for and facilitate DOW activities. The branch is responsible for strategic planning, grants management, coordinating and supporting the administrative, financial and infrastructure functions of the division, including the development and management of the division’s budget. The branch also facilitates the development and promulgation of division regulations and legislation. This involves drafting regulations and legislative proposals, coordinating public hearings and distributing newly filed administrative regulations to public subscribers, tracking state and federal bills generated during legislative sessions. The branch also coordinates the division’s training, travel approval and reimbursement, medical monitoring, and pro card administration. There are three sections in this branch.

The Grant Management Section is responsible for managing the division’s federal grant programs. This section manages Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act grants that are funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, the section is responsible for Risk Map grants and Dam Safety grants that are funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Grants Management section is also responsible for vendor contracts and procurement, processing receipts, issuing refunds, invoice receipt and payment, tracking inventory.   
The Resource Planning Section is responsible for training and meeting facilitation, and compilation of the strategic operational plan and the agency annual report, monitoring permit issuances and backlog, NetDMR Coal data review and quality assurance, and responds to public inquiries.

Laboratory Certification Section oversees the Kentucky Drinking Water and Wastewater Laboratory Certification Program ensures that compliance data for Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) permits is compliant with sampling and analysis requirements. The program standardizes procedures used in analyzing KPDES compliance samples and reporting results to help ensure the quality of analytical data used by the division. The program establishes procedures for applying for certifications, annual fees, appropriate methods and references for evaluating and assuring that laboratories meet acceptable accuracy and precision requirements.


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