Watershed Based Planning Assistance for Crafts Colly Creek, Sand Lick Creek and Dry Fork

Grants and Contracts Details


The Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) plans to provide: I) assistance to Headwaters and other local Letcher County partners through participation in watershed team meetings, 2) support with public outreach and education, and 3) shared development of a watershed based plan (WBP) document for Crafts Colly Creek, Sand Lick Creek and Dry Fork including direct involvement in water quality data analysis and interpretation and the development of an implementation plan for appropriate best management practices. KWRRI staff will attend quarterly watershed team meetings convened by Headwaters and provide input on planning activities as needed. Additionally, KWRRI will assist with preparation and outreach at general community meetings and educational events. WBP Chapters I and 2 (Background Information and Watershed Characterization): KWRRI will assist with the compilation and presentation of existing details about the three focus watersheds including appropriate maps, graphs and other visual interpretations of this information. These chapters will detail important stakeholders and their potential roles in watershed improvement activities. Chapter development will coincide with the initial meetings of Headwaters and other stakeholders on a formalized watershed team. Chapters 3 and 4 (Monitoring and Data Analysis): In coordination with the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) , KWRRI will develop a summary of the water quality monitoring and assessment activities conducted by KDOW. Pollutant loads and needed load reductions will be calculated based on those results. KWRRI will continue collaboration with KDOW to provide in-depth analyses of the water sampling results, including conclusions about pollutant sources and potential best management practice (BMP) options. Interpretive maps and other illustrative tables and graphics will be developed to assist with data analysis and presentation. Chapters 5 and 6 CBMP Implementation Plan and Long-Term Plan for Success): KWRRI will assist with the selection of best management practices that most efficiently and effectively address the pollutants, sources, and necessary load reductions determined through data analysis. KWRRI will also offer guidance and input on the BMP implementation strategy, including BMP prioritization, action items, expected pollutant load reductions, responsible parties, costs and potential funding mechanisms. As with prior WBP chapters, KWRRI will provide supporting maps and graphics for this section of the watershed plan and accompanying public presentations and outreach materials. Upon completion of the watershed plan, KWRRI will continue to offer assistance to Headwaters with investigating and pursuing recommended BMP implementation activities. Staff will work with the Institute's extensive network of water quality expertise to help Headwaters and its partners acquire appropriate technical and funding resources. KWRRI has a shared interest in seeing water quality improvements in the North Fork Kentucky River watershed and hopes that this project will inspire further efforts to address water quality concerns for the betterment of the southeastern region of Kentucky.
Effective start/end date11/1/179/30/20


  • KY Energy and Environment Cabinet: $98,253.00


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