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Water in KentuckyNatural History, Communities, and Conservation$
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Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168685

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168685.001.0001

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Water Quality and Natural Resources in the Green River Basin

Water Quality and Natural Resources in the Green River Basin

(p.133) Chapter Thirteen Water Quality and Natural Resources in the Green River Basin
Water in Kentucky

Brad D. Lee

Tanja N. Williamson

Angela S. Crain

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the water quality and resources of the 370-mile-long Green River and the surrounding wetlands, reservoirs, and streams. This river demonstrates the interrelation between geology, soils, climate, hydrology, and vegetation and their impact on aquatic life such as mussels, fish, and crustaceans. Conservation programs such as the Mississippi River Basin Health Watersheds Initiative and the Green River Bioreserve provide numerous opportunities to protect the Green River Basin and other watersheds throughout the Commonwealth from unnecessary pollution and damage.

Keywords:   Mussels, Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), Land Use, Western Kentucky Coalfields, Prime Farmland, Soil Erosion, Conservation Programs

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