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​The Agriculture Water Quality Authority was established by the Agriculture Water Quality Act (KRS 224.71-100 through 224.71-140) by the 1994 General Assembly.  The members of the authority are appointed by the governor to represent the state’s agriculture and environmental community while developing and supporting a statewide agricultural water quality plan.

The statewide agriculture water quality plan is an effort to produce a practical, flexible, coordinated natural resources management system that protects the waters of the Commonwealth and complies with applicable government rules and regulations. It is based on pollution prevention through the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs). KRS 224.71 defines BMPs as the most effective, practical and economical means of reducing and preventing water pollution. BMPs establish minimum acceptable quality levels of planning, siting, designing, installing, operating and maintaining agriculture and silviculture facilities and operations.

The current, approved BMPs can all be viewed here.

Upcoming meeting dates are below.  Unless otherwise specified, meetings will be held as a hybrid meeting in person and by videoconference.  The meeting can be joined in person at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort.  The meeting can be joined by video conference with Zoom meeting ID 836 4605 1552, passcode AWQA.

Streams and Other Waters Committee Meeting - Dec. 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. (click to join)​
Feb. 10, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
May 5, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
Aug, 25, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kentucky State Fair
Nov. 3, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Agriculture Water Quality Authority Members
MemberOrganization
Randy McCallonKentucky Association of Conservation Districts
Keith RogersKentucky Department of Agriculture
Amanda Gumbert UK College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
Larry Thomas Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
Paulette AkersKentucky Division of Conservation
Brandon HowardKentucky Division of Forestry
Chuck TaylorKentucky Geological Survey
Todd ClarkMember-at-large Agr. Operations
Ron BruntyEnvironmental Groups
Joseph SiskMember-at-large Agr. Operations
Greg StoneNational Resource Conservation Service (ex-officio)
VacantKentucky Division of Water (ex-officio)
Angela BillingsKentucky Department of Health Services (ex-officio)
Mark BurnettMember-at-large Agr. Operations



  
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