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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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Gathered at the River

(p.62) Chapter Six Appalachia
Water in Kentucky

Sam Adams

University Press of Kentucky

Water shaped every aspect of Appalachian Kentucky, from the rugged hills and hollows to the rugged people. It formed the coal that drew northeastern investors to the area in the early 20th century, and the clannish bonds between the people. While water is necessary to life, it has also indirectly created many of the problems in Eastern Kentucky. Limited buildable land, pollution problems that were unforeseen or ignored, a topography that makes construction of modern infrastructure an engineering nightmare, and an industry that left little room for any other have turned Appalachian Kentucky into a virtual third-world country.

Keywords:   Kentucky, water, rivers, coal, history, geography, geology, Appalachia, Appalachian Mountains

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