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"FFEA was able to get MSD to take immediate enforcement action 10-21-14 with MSD immediately issuing fines for construction heavy equipment working in the stream (these photos were shown to MSD)." Regional KY Division of Water (KDOW) Supervisor Charlie Roth emailed the citizen reporting the problems and taking the photos that Roth was out of the office and would check into problems THURSDAY (10-23-14). Roth was notified late MONDAY (10-20-14). Deplorable destruction of this creek has occurred - that ecology can probably never be replaced. However, FFEA is asking for stream bank restoration. HISTORIC BOULDERS on the creek banks should remain. KDOW should also go to the site immediately and issue fines from the state."

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Thanks to everyone that helped make the FFEA booth at the Gaslight Festival a success. It was a beautiful weekend and always a pleasure to participate in this event. Special thanks and welcome aboard to our new members. Check out a couple of pictures from our weekend.

                       

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FFEA is proud to be a "Clean Water Advocate" sponsor for the Oldham County "Amazing Watershed Challenge 2014". This event is focused on Curry's Fork, a tributary to Floyds Fork Creek. Contact Carolyn Cromer, Curry's Fork Watershed Coordinator ccromer@oldhamcountyky.gov or mail her: Oldham County Fiscal Court, 100 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 3, LaGrange, KY 40031. 

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Potentially Harmful algal blooms identified in several Kentucky lakes

Posted on August 1, 2014 by 

Division of Water advises lake visitors to make informed decisions

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have confirmed the presence of potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), or cyanobacteria at levels exceeding recommended safety thresholds at several lakes in Kentucky. These lakes include Guist Creek Lake, Willisburg Lake, Carpenters Lake and Beaver Lake.

This past June, DOW released similar warnings about harmful algal blooms at Barren River Lake, Nolin Reservoir, Green River Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake and Greenbriar Creek Reservoir in Montgomery County. Advisories for all of these lakes and reservoirs are still in effect.

The Department of Public Health, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Parks, and other stakeholders have been informed of these conditions.

These lakes remain open to the public. Visitors should be aware of the potential health issues and take precautions.

The following guidelines are recommended to avoid exposure to HABs:

  • Direct contact with affected water, including swimming, wading, fishing, paddling, diving and water skiing may result in symptoms. It is advisable to avoid contact with water that has unusual color or where blue-green bacteria have been identified, even if the water appears to be clear.
  • People who are prone to respiratory allergies or asthma should avoid areas with harmful algal blooms. Children may be particularly sensitive.
  • If contact has been made with water containing blue-green algae, wash off with fresh water. In some cases, skin irritation will appear after prolonged exposure. If symptoms persist, consult your local health care provider.
  • Fish fillets (not organs) may be consumed after the fillets have been rinsed in clean, non-lake water. It is advisable to wash any parts of your body that have come into contact with the fish.
  • Prevent pets and livestock from coming into contact with HAB-infested waters.

Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that may be hazardous to animals and humans. Symptoms of exposure to harmful algae may include gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; skin and eye irritation; and/or throat irritation or breathing difficulties.

If you are concerned that you have symptoms that are a result of exposure to HABs, please see your doctor and call your local health department.

DOW has been working with a number of agencies to develop an HAB testing protocol for Kentucky lakes as well as public notification procedures when HABs are identified at levels of concern. The protocol will consist of mechanisms to perform monitoring and to issue “advisories” when cell counts exceed 20,000 cells/ml and “cautions” when they exceed 100,000 cells/ml at affected lakes.

Last year, USACE began monitoring USACE-owned lakes in Kentucky for the presence of cyanobacteria. At that time, the USACE identified excessive levels of cyanobacteria in several reservoirs, prompting USACE to issue public warnings to avoid or minimize human and animal contact with algae-infested waters. The DOW subsequently began monitoring several lakes in Kentucky and identified excessive levels of cyanobacteria in several lakes, which similarly prompted the DOW and USACE continue to monitor lakes in Kentucky. The DOW has developed a predictive model for identifying HAB conditions in Kentucky lakes using available satellite data. The DOW and USACE are working collaboratively to calibrate that model so that it may be used to inform the division of all lakes regardless of whether there is water quality data available from the lake.

Better known as blue-green algae, cyanobacteria occurs naturally in the environment. Environmental conditions, including excess phosphorus and nitrogen, sunny conditions, warm temperatures and low-flow or low-water conditions — contribute to the rapid reproduction and spread of the algae in a waterbody. The more typical green algae, which are not harmful to humans or animals, come in many forms and may appear as underwater moss, stringy mats or floating scum.

Cyanobacteria, on the other hand, appear as slicks of opaque, bright-green paint, but closer inspection often reveals the grainy, sawdust-like appearance of individual colonies of bacteria. The color of the algae may also appear as red or brown.

Peter Goodmann, Director of the DOW, said it is important to understand that the issuance of advisories and cautions are intended to educate potential users about the water bodies so that they may make informed decisions.

Public water systems depending on lakes for their raw water source should consider monitoring for the presence of HABs and adjust treatment of the water accordingly. Algal blooms are easily addressed through water treatment techniques, and the water produced from these sources is safe to drink.

The presence of excess nutrients in the waterbody can cause algal blooms. Proper management of nutrients from various sources of stormwater runoff in the watershed and proper treatment of nutrients in wastewater play a key role in managing algal blooms of all kinds. The Division of Water, with other federal and state agency partners and numerous stakeholder groups, is developing a Nutrient Reduction Strategy to address nutrient pollution problems in Kentucky.

For information on harmful algal blooms and updates on the levels at USACE lakes, visit: http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/WaterInformation/HABs.aspx

For more information on safe water recreation, visit: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/bathing/srwe1/en/.

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Important Message for FFEA Members & Supporters

If you received a reloadable Kroger Gift Card from FFEA to help FFEA raise funds, Kroger is eliminating this fundraising program and starting a new fundraising program.  The reloadable Kroger Gift Card program will cease on September 1, 2014.

You will not lose any money on the Kroger Gift Card and will be able to reload and use the card, but FFEA will not receive any fundraising from the card.

Beginning August 1, 2014 all members and supporters of FFEA may visit the Kroger secure website www.kroger.com/communityrewards to enroll their individual Kroger Plus Card to FFEA’s account.  Each time you use your Kroger Plus Card, FFEA will earn funds.  If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card you may visit www.kroger.com and sign up for a Kroger Plus Card.

To be able to enroll your Kroger Plus Card and link it to FFEA’s account you may use FFEA’s NPO number 12265 or you may simply use the search to find FFEA’s.

It is easy to call 1- 800-KROGERS, extension 3 to speak to a person and give your KROGER PLUS Shopping card number. Tell the person you want this for Floyds Fork Environmental Association Community Rewards number NPO #12265. 

I have also placed a pdf file below that has more information

or you may contact

sheronlear@twc.com or rlehlers@me.com

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John Boel's ExposeOn Harrod's Creek

Thanks to WAVE-TV reporter, John Boel, for the expose' on 7-29-14..

Two years later, this same response to the reporter from the state KY Division of Water - that FFEA interprets as "no accountability". This is a deplorable situation and FFEA is seeking action by asking you to contact your U. S. Senator and U.S. Representative - call the main U. S. Capitol Swithcboard Operator to leave a message: 1-202-224-3121 or write a letter. FFEA will continue to seek accountability

Click on the below link for John Boel's WAVE-TV Report

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SIERRA CLUB,CUMBERLAND CHAPTER, WATER COMMITTEE MEETING

September 20, 2014   

12:00 to 1:00:    Lunch -   TBD 

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Metro Council Meetings

Meeting times are subject to change. Agendas are followed at the discretion of the Chair of each Committee. While an item may be listed, it does not mean all items will be acted upon by a committee.

To review all agendas of the committees of the Louisville Metro Council, go to the Metro Council Clerk’s web page at: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroCouncil/Clerk/

All meetings are aired live on Metro TV Insight cable Channel 25. Meetings are also streamlined on the Metro Council’s website. Go to: www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocouncil and click on the “Watch Meetings Online” icon.

For More Information Contact:

Tony Hyatt: 574-4137 / 526-3622

Stephen Haag: 574-1204 / 645-1752

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From Teena Halbig

See page 22 of the Energy & Environment magazine, Land, Air & Water that shows
Teena Halbig and Sheron Lear with
US EPA Regional Administrator who was hired by President Obama
and
Secretary of Energy and Environment Cabinet, Dr. Len Peters
 
It was a surprise to see the photo used of us since there were so many other photos to choose from!
EQC sent the information to be sure we saw the article. 
The photo is shown in color on our FFEA website www.floydsfork.net but we never thought about seeing it in this state magazine. Hey, while you are looking at our website, if you need to pay dues or want to make a donation, we now have PayPal.  Thank you!

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FFEA photos of July 17, 2014 depicting all trees cut (one over 30 inches and several about 12 inches in diameter) and vegetation removed at 200 N. Madison & Shelbyville Road in Middletown next to the Middle Fork of Beargrass Creek where several FFEA members live nearby. MSD discovered no site disturbance permit had been issued and the photos show no black silt fencing in place to keep soil from entering the stream that was later installed. The USACE terms it a "jurisdictional waterbody" while MSD terms it a "ditch.

       

       

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Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act

 

It will soon be 5 years ago that State Representative Joni Jenkins sponsored a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly that was initiated by Floyds Fork Environmental Association (FFEA) termed the ‘Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act’ to have safe drop off boxes in safe places 24 hours a day for left over and unused pills, capsules and caplets.  

 

This bill has continued to be filed each year. It should have been a ‘no brainer’ to get pills out of the reach of others, out of the landfill, emptied down sinks and flushed to end up in our streams.  FFEA’s concerns were for our waterways and public health. I read in 2005 that antibiotics and hormones were being found in 2 other states in waterways; however, I thought testing was not being done in Jefferson County.

 

In 2007, FFEA funded a student science project to test segments in Floyds Fork Creek and Chenoweth Run Creek for a hormone - all stream samples were positive www.floydsfork.net . The KY Division of Water would not test these areas per a letter from the state toxicologist.

 

About a year ago, Indiana had a smart sheriff who initiated drop off boxes for pills!

It was good to read Martha Elson’s Courier article 7-9-14 informing readers that St. Matthews has a public prescription drug drop-off box at its City Hall, a weekday box  downtownJefferson County

 

Sherriff’s Dept. 6th floor (6th & Court Place) during businesshours as well as police boxes in Bullitt,

Oldham, Floyd and Harrison counties.

 

Still, legislators need to pass Representative Jenkins bill so the public will have less hormones, antibiotics and other ‘emerging contaminants of concern’ in our waterways and drinking water. Call now to let your State Senator and State Legislator know you want this bill passed in the 2015 General Assembly.

 

Teena Halbig

President

Floyds Fork Environmental Association

Louisville, KY 40299

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06/19/2014 08:00 PM EDT

In an effort to help residents, neighborhood groups and others understand zoning issues and the planning process for development in Metro Louisville; several Metro Council members are sponsoring workshops with the goal of explaining the many aspects of the zoning process. Two “Planning and Zoning 101” Workshops are set for Tuesday, June 24th and Tuesday, July 8th at the Louisville Urban League. Full Story
 
Note from Teena: The below is the never ending saga of another company wanting to discharge more toxics into the Ohio River where many cities withdraw water to drink and other uses. In this instance, more mercury is the request. Of course, FFEA will oppose this, of course: allowing more mercury to be discharged is not in the best interests of human health or aquatic life forms. GOOD NEWS: Now, the composition of ORSANCO has changed. President Obama appointed THREE new persons to sit on this board. One is Attorney Tom FitzGerald, Director of KY Resources Council - if you were not aware, this appointment is great news since Fitz has long fought to protect the public's health and is quite aware of dangers posed by heavy metals, etc.
Mercury is very dangerous and this request by this company should be denied by ORSANCO.
ORSANCO is supposed to protect the Ohio River but often seeks to allow more pollution when companies ask. It is up to the public and organizations to weigh in to keep this from happening.
 

VALLEY WATER SANITATION COMMISSION

an interstate agency representing: 
Illinois  
· Indiana  · Kentucky  ·  New York ·  Ohio  
· Pennsylvania  ·  Virginia  · West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            

June 19, 2014 | ORSANCO |

  
                  
  
  

Contact: Jason Heath, P.E., BCEE

Technical Programs Manager & Assistant Chief Engineer

ORSANCO

513-231-7719
 
  jheath@orsanco.org 

 

 NOTICE:  The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has received a variance request from FirstEnergy, Pleasants Power Station, Willow Island, WV
 

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) has received a variance request from FirstEnergy Corp., Pleasants Power Station, at Willow Island, WV. The request is in regards to their WV draft NPDES permit to discharge mercury and the Commission's prohibition on mixing zones for bioaccumulative chemicals of concern which becomes effective on October 16, 2015.  Please visit ORSANCO's Pollution Control Standards page to view their application as well as information on the variance review process. The Commission will be undertaking an evaluation of the variance request. 

 

ORSANCO, headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, is an interstate water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.  Member states include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The federal government is also represented. For further information, contact ORSANCO at 513-231-7719, or visit our website at www.orsanco.org.

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ORSANCO 
5735 Kellogg Ave 
Cincinnati, OH 45230
(513) 231-7719
info@orsanco.org 
www.orsanco.org

 

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    See Map of "Sewer Pipeline" with proposed pump stations, part of conceptual main pipeline, etc.

Conceptual MSD Map of "Salt River Potential Sewershed Map"

FLOYDS FORK ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Founded 1991

www.floydsfork.net,  or  

4-10-14

Floyds Fork Environmental Association is a 501 c 3 nonprofit founded in 1991 with the mission to protect, conserve and preserve Floyds Fork Creek and its watershed. The”23rd Annual Floyds Fork Creek Sweep” by canoe, kayak or on foot will be held Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

Another layer of bureaucracy, i.e., the creation of a Sewer Pipeline by forming a Regional Sewer Wastewater Commission— encompassing counties Henry, Spencer, Oldham, Jefferson, Bullitt, Nelson, Meade, Hardin to Ft. Knox, but Spencer and Nelson have already said, “No”.Shelby County has not made a decision. MSD Director Greg Heitzman gave a conceptual map May 28, 2013. This conceptual map (Salt River Potential Sewershed Mp) can be seen on www.floydsfork.net or facebook. However, this proposed sewer pipeline is not shown in Oldham and one half ofJefferson but is sure to affect these heavily populated areas! Each county that joins will have a seat on its board. The “fees” levied by this commission will be in addition to MSD charges and rate increases.

 State legislators denied House Bill 221 for a several years, and then it became known as House Bill 26 where the commission, when formed, can levy annual fees up to 5 % plus costs for capital improvements (sewer lines, sewer plants, etc.). Costs have been 5% cap plus 10% capital costs equaling 15% increases per year for ratepayers inNorthern Kentucky where a Regional Sewer Commission formed 3 years ago. Yes, that adds up to 45% increase! 

 Ratepayers will pay costs for a secretary, treasurer, annual audit, general manager, for each commissioner to attend each meeting, seminars (local or out-of-town) plus expenses. MSD Director Greg Heitzman is meeting with powerful politicians in surrounding counties in hopes of forming a “working group” that are potential contract signees. 

 Our 22 year old organization, Floyds Fork Environmental Association (FFEA), followed the legislation for 4 years and managed some changes.  August 20, 2013, FFEA representatives met with Director Heitzman to point out our concerns:

 1. This sewer authority would not be under the PSC that would afford the public an opportunity to speak regarding rate increases.

2. 'Home rule' is lost since our Mayor is but one at a table of commissioners and thus only has one vote on this board.

3. No provision to be under state ethics rules.

4. Small cities are far less likely to obtain grant monies since deference is to the regional commission, possibly forcing small cities to join.

5. Potential for expensive legal entanglements.

6. Nongovernmental organizations like FFEA or even elected officials cannot speak before the commission or hearing officer (Mr. Heitzman offered to put it in the bylaws that we could - but bylaws can be changed).

7. Eminent Domain issues.

8. Potential for monopoly formation.

9. Need for more transparency (provision for posting monetary figures on a website is only a beginning and not enough transparency).

 While Mayor Fischer may save a small percent and “keep a lid on water bills” with the Louisville Water Company, sewer bills will exponentially escalate like rates did in Northern Kentucky and it will be impossible to keep a lid on them.

 An MSD conceptual map of part of the SEWER PIPELINE route exists (see it at www.floydsfork.net ; however, it leaves out critical portions of its route through heavily populated sections ofJefferson County andOldham. Citizens need to know that local control and efficient management will have a hard time keeping up with this Pipeline train once it leaves the station.

Recently, March 17, 2014, a meeting was held by MSD at KIPDA.  MSD Director Greg Heitzman was the presenter; he showed multiple power point slides. Elected officials from various counties (8 elected officials that included Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts fromBullitt County and Judge/Executive John Black fromOldham County plus 11 wastewater personnel) and a few citizens and FFEA were in the public’s “peanut gallery”.  He wanted these folks to sign up for a “work group” meeting. At the end, I asked how the public would be treated in future meetings like when this work group would meet and if the public could speak at those meetings. Mr. Heitzman said the first work group meeting would not allow any public to sit in the meeting.  He said the next work group meeting would allow the public.  After that, he said he would not allow the public to the next meeting, and then allow the next and so on – like he did when he formed the Louisville Water Company work group. He never commented on the public being allowed to speak or not. I was not allowed to sign up to attend the work group meeting. KIPDA said I could not sign the signup sheet.

All of this is the public’s business and affects the public and every ratepayer not only inJefferson County but many counties. 

The March 2014 MSD Power Point was entitled “Regional Sewer-Wastewater Commission, Salt River Basin, Greg C. Heitzman, Presentation to Salt River Regional Wastewater Providers, KIPDA Office, Louisville, KY March 28, 2014 (although this was given on March 17). The entire power point is available at www.floydsfork.net but the sewer pipeline map was not shown at this time! Mr. Heitzman is targeting the following 5 counties (for now): Oldham,Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin and Meade.

Do you really think each elected Mayor or Judge/Executive of each county will actually sit in the seat at the commission’s board meetings? Or do you think wastewater personnel will sit in these seats to vote on rates and other matters? Or will their deputies fill their seats? 

Fee increases lacks transparency for rate increases because there can and will be additional costs for ratepayers for Capital Infrastructure. This was proven in Northern KY Sanitation District #1 where there was a Regional Sewer Commission formed; then ratepayers paid the 5% cap but then 10% capital infrastructure costs were added to equal 15%. MSD must give pertinent information like this to have transparency! There is a difference in a partial truth and the whole truth – FFEA gives the whole truth.

In one slide that lists his initial meeting (arranged by Senator Dan Seum) at the Homebuilders of Louisville May 13, 2013, there were no environmental organizations represented (Courier reporter’s blog). Only because FFEA requested a meeting are we listed for August 20, 2013.  Also,Spencer County is listed as “not eligible” but Spencer opted out long ago!

Since he has already met with city and county elected officials and key constituents, he planned to hold his first work group April, 2014 but FFEA will not get a notice and I was not allowed to sign the sign up sheet per Mr. Heitzman and refused by KIPDA. Consideration of forming this Sewer Commission will be after a study is completed in 2015.

KIPDA is playing a big role now and will be the Facilitator and will issue the Request for Proposal to develop and request the study that will cost about $100,000 with MSD paying up to $50,000 of this. Other counties will be asked to give $2,500 to $10,000 each. They will also look for small grants, KIPDA, Lincoln Trail ADD, and KY Division of Water for $15,000 each. KIPDA will evaluate proposals and select the consultant.

Finally in November, after all the work is done, the public and see the findings! I see only that a public MEETING – not HEARING will occur. Then in December when all people are interested in family and Christmas, the report will be finalized and released.

 Look for more upsizing of sewer pump stations (some proposed are on the map) and many sewer basins to be dug!

You are encouraged to look at FFEA concerns and see if there is a way you can chime in before Turkey Time and Christmas Time! Example: FFEA worked to get better public speaking at MSD board meetings so you can speak for 5 minutes before the MSD Board if you sign up BEFORE 12:50 but call MSD beforehand 540-6000. Also, let me know if you really believe you will get notices about meetings until the end when decisions/agreements were made in the work group meetings. www.floydsfork.net or FloydsForkCreek@aol.com

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Floyds Fork Enviro. Assn.
(Teena Halbig)
6505 Echo Trail
Louisville, KY. 40299

   (502) 267-6883
   teenahal@aol.com