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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife News: Half million carp dead

photo Credit Paul Rister (KDFWR) Press Release Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Contact Information: Ron Brooks 1-800-852-0942, ext. 4466 FRANKFORT, Ky. – The worst of a fish kill that has claimed upward of a half million Asian carp in the Cumberland River below Lake Barkley dam is believed to be over. On Friday, April 25, fisheries biologists with the Kentucky Department of ... Read More »

Session Ends at Stroke of Midnight!

Like in most past sessions, lawmakers worked until the very last minute on April 15th debating issues and passing bills. These last hours always bring on a flurry of activity that generally results in a handful of good bills passing; several bad bills being thwarted; and a number of bills falling victim to the time-dependent legislative process. Overall, the 2014 Session ... Read More »

USDA Rural Development Celebrates Earth Day by Supporting Water Quality Projects

2014 Farm Bill Enables Record USDA Investments in Rural Water Systems    WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day by announcing record support for 116 projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment. “Having reliable, clean and safe water is essential for any community to thrive and grow,” Vilsack said.  “I ... Read More »

Water becoming more valuable than gold

Something that many might take for granted is becoming highly coveted: water. In fact, water has become more precious than gold. Over the past 10 years the S&P 500 Global Water index has outperformed the bellwether gold and energy indices. In fact, water outperformed the stock market in the same period. While the planet Earth is primarily covered in water, only ... Read More »

Operator EXPO

We hope you enjoy this year’s Operator EXPO! Our venue at the Hardin County Fairgrounds offers a great outdoor exhibit area.   This year’s EXPO will offer up to six hours of continuing education credit for water and wastewater operators and water district commissioners. Read More »

Biennial Budget Approved

KRWA Legislative Coverage

A compromise was reached between the House and the Senate on the $20 billion two-year state budget on Monday. The spending plan will raise pay for state workers, cuts many state agency budgets by another 5% (over 40% since 2008), and includes language that permits water utility projects under $500,000 without having to secure a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity ... Read More »

Budget Bills Vote Expected in House

KRWA Legislative Coverage

After a one day delay to pass the “revenue bill” (House Bill 445), the House is expected to vote on the three Budget bills today.  These three bills, HBs 235, 238 and 253 contain the biennial budgets for the executive, judicial and legislative branches of state government. The revenue bill included $23.4 million from the tax on instant racing and ... Read More »

Free Water & Wastewater Training Workshop

AUDIENCE: Elected officials, drinking water professionals, and wastewater professionals, with priority given to those from the 42 counties served by Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc. OBJECTIVE: To help attendees better perform their roles and enhance the operations at their facilities. COST: Free and lunch will be provided both days. CRITERIA FOR TRAINING CREDITS: Operators will be granted credit for actual time ... Read More »

HB 192 Passes the Senate!

KRWA Legislative Coverage

This week saw ice, sleet and snow which forced a cancellation of legislative activities on Monday. The deadlines for new bills in the House and Senate also passed. Over 1,200 bills and resolutions have been introduced this Session, but only four bills have been signed into law by the governor. Activity this week — House Bill 192, sponsored by Brent ... Read More »

ACTION ALERT!

KRWA Legislative Coverage

Call Senators to Support SB 123 & HB 192 – Today! The pace of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly is beginning to pick up steam as we pass the halfway mark. This week, several bills that KRWA is supporting have made positive advancements in the normally slow legislative process. Now is the time for KRWA members to become engaged in ... Read More »