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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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Urban Water Management

Urban Water Management

Responding to Federal Regulation

(p.170) Chapter Sixteen Urban Water Management
Water in Kentucky

Jack Schieffer

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the challenges faced by municipal governments in managing their water resources, as rapidly growing urban populations and aging infrastructure contribute to sewer overflows, contaminated storm water runoff, flooding, and other problems. The federal Clean Water Act establishes the regulatory framework in which cities must operate. Having faced recent litigation for regulatory violations, three Kentucky cities—Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky (Cincinnati)—provide examples of urban areas grappling with these problems. Their subsequent experiences under consent decrees also showcase innovations in water management policies, including green infrastructure and watershed-based approaches, which will aid communities in rising to these challenges.

Keywords:   Sewer, overflow, storm water, Clean Water Act, consent decree, green infrastructure, watershed

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