VALLEY VIEW, Ky. (AP) - Years of talk about the aging string of
dams along the Kentucky River has turned into action.
Concrete is being poured on the first section of a new dam that
will replace the century-old structure holding Lexington's water
It's the first major dam construction on the river since 1917,
when Dam No. 14 at Beattyville was completed. The dams were built
for navigation but now are vital for water supply.
"We've done a lot of patching and a lot of makeshift work, but
this marks the first time we have done a major structure," said
Stephen Reeder, the executive director of the Kentucky River
Authority, a state agency that owns the dam.
The $14.7 million dam will take two years to build. It will
cause an increase in water bills.
Sometime late this year or early next year, Reeder said, the
river authority probably will increase the water withdrawal fees it
charges water utilities. The utilities will pass the cost along to