Tag: water quality


Gold King Mine Added to Superfund National Priorities List

In August 2015, EPA personnel and federal contractors breached a sealed mine entrance at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado and released approximately three million gallons of mine wastewater and tailings into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River. The effects of the spill, such as contamination of the Animas and San Juan […]


New Kentucky Volunteer Water Quality Data Portal Available

The Kentucky Division of Water recently announced the public release of a new volunteer Water Quality Data Portal. The portal, which can be found on the web at http://kgs.uky.edu/wwky, is a storehouse of standardized data that has been collected in-stream by volunteers across Kentucky. Through the Portal, users can find water health information (including lab […]


What Does a Harmful Algal Bloom Advisory Mean for Numeric Nutrient Water Quality Standards?

The Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Department for Public Health have issued a harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational advisory for the Ohio River, including tributary confluences from Meldahl Dam to the West Virginia state line. Harmful algal blooms arise when there are excess nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), sunny conditions, warm temperatures and low-flow […]


Water Quality Sleuths: Hot on the Trail for E. coli, B-theta fecal bacteria

Water quality scientists are taking advantage of new laboratory technology that allows them to more accurately trace the origins of bacteria levels in streams. New deep sequencing technologies are available to help scientists track the origin of fecal bacteria such as E. coli, B-theta and others.  New DNA deep-sequencing technology will help in determining how […]


Massive Sewage Leak Highlights the Need for Advance Planning

A massive sewage leak in Conaway, Virginia, approximately one mile from the Kentucky border, has officials and residents worried about water quality in Fishtrap Lake, a popular boating and fishing destination near Pikeville. The leak began on March 4, 2015, when a deluge of floodwater from major successive snow melt and rain events forcefully removed […]