State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007KY103B
Title: Assessment of Pathogen Trends in the Upper Forks of the Kentucky River Basin
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/29/2008
Congressional District: KY 5th and 6th
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Wastewater, Non Point Pollution
Keywords: pathogens, statistical analysis, TMDLs
Principal Investigators: Viswanathan, Chandramouli; Ormsbee, Lindell (University of Kentucky)
Federal Funds: $ 19,022
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 38,212
Abstract: Since its formation in 1997, the Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE) initiative has helped coordinate several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wastewater projects in a 40 county region in southeastern Kentucky. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of these projects, the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute was contracted in 2000 to develop a comprehensive monitoring program in support of PRIDE. This program resulted in the collection of pathogen data at approximately 80 stations over a six year period. Due to the pre-mature termination of the PRIDE initiative due to federal budget cuts, a comprehensive statistical analysis of the data was never performed, thus limiting the utility of the collected data.

This study will improve the usefulness of historically collected PRIDE pathogen data by providing a statistical assessment of the data for the three 8-digit HUC watersheds that form the upper tributaries of the Kentucky River Basin. The statistical analysis should provide a basis for assessing the impact of recent wastewater projects in the region as well as a basis for identifying continued areas of concern. Such information should be useful to local citizens and governmental officials in assessing the conditions of their local streams. The information should also be useful to state officials in the development of TMDLs for those streams that still fail to meet their designated use for primary and secondary contact standards. Once completed, the results of the study will be posted on a project specific website that will be directly linked to the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute website.

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