Water in KentuckyNatural History, Communities, and Conservation

Water in KentuckyNatural History, Communities, and Conservation

Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9780813168685

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky


Kentucky is regarded as one of the most ecologically diverse states in the nation, home to sprawling Appalachian forests, rolling green meadows, and the longest cave system in the world. None of these formations would be possible, however, without the lakes, rivers, and streams that have been shaping and nourishing the land for centuries. Water has played a pivotal role in determining Kentucky’s physical, cultural, and economic landscapes, and its management and preservation have recently become a significant point of interest for the state’s government and citizens. In Water in Kentucky: Shaping Landscapes, People, and Communities, editors Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones will assemble a team of contributors from various disciplines to explore how water has defined regions across the Commonwealth. They propose to present an overview of Kentucky’s watershed and landscapes as well as highlight the importance of the water sources during the settlement and development of Kentucky. They will examine how water is regarded across the state today, discussing a variety of issues such as rural water and wastewater issues, the effect of the Martin County Coal Waste Spill on water resources, erosion and sediment control, Kentucky River’s lock and dam system, and the creation of the Land between the Lakes. The editors and contributors will also investigate how water is regulated across the state, exploring Kentucky’s water administrations, activism for preservation of water sources, and advocacy for public awareness. Finally, they will address future challenges, focusing on emerging technologies and management approaches that will likely determine the next chapters in Kentucky’s history. Water in Kentucky will illuminate the ways in which water has affected the lives of Kentuckians since the state’s settlement, exploring the complex relationship between humans, landscapes, and waterways. Illustrated with photographs, maps, and charts, the volume offers a multi-faceted look at how water has shaped the Bluegrass State. Through detailed analysis and case studies, the editors and contributors will provide scholars and general readers alike with an important volume that not only takes a look at Kentucky’s past, but asks important questions about its future.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Chapter Eight The Martin County Coal-Waste Spill and Beyond

Shaunna L. Scott and Stephanie M. McSpirit

Chapter Nine Protecting Water Resources with Streamside Management Zones at Robinson Forest

Christopher D. Barton, Emma L. Witt, and Jeffrey W. Stringer

Chapter Twelve Karst

James C. Currens

Chapter Thirteen Water Quality and Natural Resources in the Green River Basin

Brad D. Lee, Tanja N. Williamson, and Angela S. Crain

Chapter Fourteen Wetlands of Kentucky

Stephen C. Richter, Michelle Guidugli-Cook, and David R. Brown

Chapter Nineteen The Watershed Atlas Project

Brian D. Lee, Corey L. Wilson, and Angela Schörgendorfer

End Matter