Home to sprawling Appalachian forests, rolling prairies, and the longest cave system in the world, Kentucky is among the most ecologically diverse states in the nation. Lakes, rivers, and springs have shaped and nourished life in the Commonwealth for centuries, and water has played a pivotal role in determining Kentucky's physical, cultural, and economic landscapes. The management and preservation of this precious natural resource remain a priority for the state's government and citizens.
In this generously illustrated book, experts from a variety of fields explain how water has defined regions across the Commonwealth. Together, they illuminate the ways in which this resource has affected the lives of Kentuckians since the state's settlement, exploring the complex relationship among humans, landscapes, and waterways. They examine topics such as water quality, erosion and sediment control, and emerging water management approaches. Through detailed analysis and case studies, the contributors offer scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and general readers a wide perspective on the state's valuable water resources.
Waters of KentuckyA Cartographic View of Kentucky's Watershed and Landscapes: The Early Years and Modern AccomplishmentsSprings and the Settlement of Pioneer KentuckyWater and Wastewater Service for the Commonwealth of KentuckyThe American Dream and the Water Bounty in Appalachian KentuckyAppalachia: Gathered at the RiverLife on the RiverThe Martin County Coal Waste Spill and Beyond: Reflections and SuggestoinsProtecting Water Resources with Streamside Management Zones at Robinson ForestThe Mighty Elkhorn: Our Home CreekWhere Five Rivers Meet: The Far Western Waters of KentuckyKarst: Shaped by Water from the Inside OutWater Quality and Natural Resources in the Green River BasinWetlands of Kentucky: Connecting Landscapes and WaterwaysReconnecting through Stream RestorationUrban Water Management: Responding to Federal RegulationLooking to the Past, Designing and Demonstrating Alternative Methods Today to Address Urban Storm Water ChallengesWho pooped and how it was found: One scientist's story of source tracking fecal bacteria in an Innter Bluegrass WatershedThe Watershed Atlas Project: A Different Way to Look at the CommonwealthReinventing Water-Landscape Monitoring and Management in the Age of Geo-enabled Environmental Sensor Webs and Social NetworksWater as the context for community-based science projects: Teaching the next generationUsing Market-Based Tools to Protect and Improve Water Quality in KentuckyWater and People at the Confluence
"Simply outstanding! Water in Kentucky offers an exciting close-up view of what happens to the water that falls on the Commonwealth. You'll be fascinated by the many innovative projects your neighbors are implementing to clean polluted runoff and to restore attractive wetlands and streams. This volume will guide you in taking action to improve water quality in your community for the benefit of people, plants, and wildlife." -- Thomas R. Biebighauser, author of Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair
"This collection of 23 essays expertly covers the intricate relationship between water and our daily lives. These essays could easily serve as springboards for conversation in conservation and policy implementation for the future. This book stands as an important addition to the study of water resources in Kentucky." -- Kentucky Libraries
" Water in Kentucky is a labor of love and a remarkable example of persistence and commitment by its editors Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones, and a wide variety of invited contributors. This book goes a long way toward weaving together many perspectives to create a better overall picture of the relevance of water in Kentucky." -- Groundwater