Water in Kentucky: Natural history, communities, and conservation

Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, Alice L. Jones

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Home to sprawling Appalachian forests, rolling prairies, and the longest cave system in the world, Kentucky is among the most ecologically diverse states in the nation. Lakes, rivers, and springs have shaped and nourished life in the Commonwealth for centuries, and water has played a pivotal role in determining Kentucky’ s physical, cultural, and economic landscapes. The management and preservation of this precious natural resource remain a priority for the state’ s government and citizens. In this generously illustrated book, experts from a variety of fields explain how water has defined regions across the Commonwealth. Together, they illuminate the ways in which this resource has affected the lives of Kentuckians since the state’ s settlement, exploring the complex relationship among humans, landscapes, and waterways. They examine topics such as water quality, erosion and sediment control, and emerging water management approaches. Through detailed analysis and case studies, the contributors offer scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and general readers a wide perspective on the state’ s valuable water resources.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages248
ISBN (Electronic)0813168708, 9780813168708
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 by The University Press of Kentucky.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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