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Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment - Basin Management Unit Reports

The Groundwater Section administers several projects in order to assess nonpoint source pollution impacts to groundwater within the five Kentucky Watershed Basin Management Units (BMUs). After groundwater is collected and analyzed, detailed reports on water quality are prepared.

Reports that are available in electronic format are provided by clicking the links below.

Basin Management Unit (BMU) 1

Expanded Groundwater Monitoring for Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment in the Kentucky River Basin: Final Report
Part 1 of 7    Part 2 of 7    Part 3 of 7    Part 4 of 7        Part 5 of 7    Part 6 of 7    Part 7 of 7
By James S. Webb, Jolene M. Blanset and Robert J. Blair
NPS Project Number: 97-09
Project Period: Oct. 1, 1996 - Oct. 30, 2004
The goal of this project was to identify aquifers impacted by nonpoint source pollution in the Kentucky River basins (Basin Management Unit 1). Problems in these areas were identified in order that future nonpoint source resources may be properly focused regarding nonpoint source pollution prevention and pollution abatement.

Title:  Assessment of Nonpoint Source Impacts on Groundwater Quality in South Elkhorn Creek Basin, Central Kentucky
By Robert J. Blair, Joseph A. Ray, James S. Webb, Jolene M. Blanset and Peter T. Goodmann
NPS Project Number:  02-04
Project Period:  Nov. 2003 – June 2009
Portions of the South Elkhorn Creek have been placed on the Kentucky 303d List of Waters, which is a list of waters that do not or are not expected to meet state water quality standards for their designated uses.  The primary goal of this project was to determine nonpoint source pollution impacts to groundwater in the watershed, with a secondary goal to assess its influence on surface water quality.

Basin Management Unit (BMU) 2

Expanded Groundwater Monitoring for Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment in the Salt and Licking River Basins: Final Report
Part 1 of 4    Part 2 of 4    Part 3 of 4    Part 4 of 4
By James S. Webb, Jolene M. Blanset and Robert J. Blair
NPS Project Number: 96-16
Project Period: Dec. 1998 - June 2002
The goal of this project was to identify aquifers that have been impacted by nonpoint source pollution in the Salt and Licking River basins (Basin Management Unit 2). Problems in these areas were identified in order that future nonpoint source resources may be properly focused regarding nonpoint source pollution prevention and pollution abatement.

Title:  Groundwater Assessment for Nonpoint Source Pollution Impacts and Spring Basin Delineations within Sub-watersheds of the Salt River Basin: Beargrass Creek and Sinking Creek
By Robert J. Blair and Joseph A. Ray (retired)
NPS Project Number: 03-03
Project Period: April 2004 - March 2009
The goals of this project were to expand our knowledge of karst groundwater flow and to assess groundwater quality in two priority watersheds of the Salt River Basin.  The purpose was to determine if groundwater had been impacted by nonpoint source pollution and what influence that had on surface water quality.

Basin Management Units (BMU) 3 and 4

Summary and evaluation of Groundwater Quality in Kentucky Basin Management Unit 3 (Upper Cumberland, Lower Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi River basins) and 4 (Green and Tradewater River basins)
Part 1 of 1
By R. Stephen Fisher and O. Barton Davidson (Kentucky Geological Survey) and Peter T. Goodmann (Kentucky Division of Water)
NPS Project Number: 99-10
Project Period: March 1, 2000 - June 30, 2004
This report summarizes results of analyses of groundwater samples from wells and springs in Kentucky Basin Management Unit 3 (watersheds of the Upper and Lower Cumberland River, the Tennessee River and tributaries of the Ohio River and Mississippi River in the Jackson Purchase Region) and 4 (watersheds of the Green River, the Tradewater River and adjacent tributaries of the Ohio River).

Title:  Integrated Surface Water and Groundwater Assessment of Large Springs in the Green River Basin
By Robert J. Blair, Joseph A. Ray, Phillip W. O’dell, Bryan S. Marbert and Peter T. Goodmann
NPS Project Number: 05-03
Project Period:  Jan. 2005 – Oct 2010
Surface water assessments in the well-developed karst areas of Kentucky are limited due to a relative lack of flowing surface streams.  The primary goal of this project was to integrate surface water and groundwater quality assessment strategies to better define the relationship between these two flow systems.

Basin Management Unit (BMU) 5

(None currently available)

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