Biff Baker, project manager with Governor Steve Beshear’s Office on Agricultural Policy, said they’re looking to figure out the causes of the various pathogens, sediment, nutrients and nitrogen in the Little River Basin, whether its agricultural or industrial runoff, whether it’s caused by people or animals.
If it’s agricultural runoff, for example, farmers might need to increase their setbacks or plant more trees, said Baker.
“The USGS just completed installation of two real-time streamflow gages. These streamflow gages also will have real-time continuous water-quality monitors. The monitors are set to be installed with the next couple of weeks,” said Angie Crane of the U.S. Geological Survey. “We anticipate discreet water-quality monitoring will begin next month.”
Crane says that in 2009, the Kentucky Division of Water found that the watershed had exceeded the “total maximum daily load” of E. Coli bacteria – one of the pathogens that Baker spoke of.
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