Pollution still hurting Kentucky River

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Pollution problems in parts of the
Kentucky River and its feeder streams haven't improved over the
past four years, according to a report released Friday.

The Kentucky Division of Water found more than 250 miles of
streams in the Kentucky River basin have poor water quality in
terms of supporting aquatic life. That was an increase from 213
miles in 2006, though officials said the increase resulted, at
least in part, from expanding the monitoring area.

Other streams that originate in eastern Kentucky's coal mining
region, including the Big Sandy River, also show varying levels of
pollution. In some streams, high bacteria levels make swimming a
bad idea.

Division of Water environmental scientist Randall Payne said
water quality in some streams has improved in recent years while
worsening in others.

"It's really a mixed bag," Payne said.

Kentucky, like other states, is required to assess water quality
and report the findings to Congress. The information released
Friday will be part of that report.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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