The Groundwater Section administers several other projects to assess nonpoint source pollution impacts to groundwater in addition to those within the five Kentucky Watershed Basin Management Units (BMUs). After groundwater is collected and analyzed, detailed reports on water quality are prepared. For more information on nonpoint source pollution, visit the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program Web page.
Assessment of Nonpoint Source Pollution Impacts on Groundwater in the Headwaters of the North Fork of the Kentucky River Basin
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By Phillip W. O'dell, James S. Webb and Peter T. Goodmann
NPS Project Number: 98-04
Project Period: Jan. 1, 1998 - June 30, 2004
The goals of this project were to determine groundwater resource areas that have nonpoint source pollution impacts in areas deemed low priority by the Letcher County Water and Sewer District; compile data on nonpoint source problems that agencies can use to direct resources to implement best management practices; and provide individualized information to study participants on activities associated with nonpoint source pollution, prevention of groundwater pollution prevention and remediation/treatment of polluted domestic water supplies.
Identification and Prioritization of Karst Groundwater Basins in Kentucky for Targeting Resources for Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention and Abatement
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By Joseph A. Ray, Phillip W. O'dell, Jack R. Moody, Jolene M. Blanset and Robert J. Blair
NPS Project Number: 97-17
Project Period: 1997 - 2004
The purpose of this project was to identify and evaluate impacts from nonpoint source pollution in sensitive karst watersheds of northcentral and western Kentucky. The project investigated the water quality of 12 large karst springs, their drainage basins and several neighboring basins in the Pennyroyal Plateau over a four-year period.
Little River Karst Watershed Boundary Delineation: Groundwater Tracer Testing and Unit Base Flow
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By Joseph A. Ray, Robert J. Blair and Thomas G. Nicotera
NPS Project Number: 99-27
Project Period: 1999 - 2006
This project was designed to further delineate the ambiguous portions of the karst watershed of the Little River in southwestern Kentucky. Groundwater tracer testing was conducted to verify or modify the delineated hydrologic unit code (HUC) watersheds. Verified conduit flow routes indicated that nearly half of the total karst watershed tested drains beneath HUC boundaries. This "misbehaved" groundwater drainage supported the concept that in karst terrane, hydrologic research and management units must account for karst drainage mapping rather than be based solely on topographic delineation.
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