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​​​​​​The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the nation’s first comprehensive legislation protecting water quality. The CWA established a goal of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters for the use and benefit of every American. Since its passage in 1972, the levels of pollution in the United States have experienced a dramatic decrease.

There has been so much progress made by the Division of Water and the countless partner organizations across Kentucky to assess and manage the 90,000 miles of streams throughout the State. Of those streams, the Division has assessed 12,600 miles of streams and works to address known issues. The Division continues to focus on the importance of clean water, investment in clean water infrastructure and commitment to continued progress.

  • The Water Maps Portal is your one place to find a wide variety of water-specific web maps, applications and services. 
  • ​​The Story Map Gallery​ includes Kentucky Division of Water Story Map and Map Tour applications. Use these applications to explore the waters of the Commonwealth!​​
  • The Water Health Portal is a ‘one-stop-shop' for the all of the Commonwealth’s water health information. Determine the status of surface water uses near you for swimming, fishing and drinking water. 
  • The Integrated Report Hub provides an opportunity to learn more about the 305(b) program, designated uses & assessment categories, and to review assessment results, impaired waters and causes of impairments through the Commonwealth. 
  • How’s My Waterway​ was designed to provide you with information about the conditions of your local waters based on data provided to EPA from states, federal, and local agencies. 
  • The Agricultural Water Quality Authority Planning Tool helps you think about your farm activities and determine what practices you have that prevent pollution.
  • The KY Excel Program provides a place for organizations to explore environmental issues, engage in environmentally beneficial projects and network with other like-minded individuals.​

​Help your community celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act! Download the images below and use on social media, on your website or in newsletters. Remember to tag Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and KY Wild Waters in your posts!

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