The Bacon Creek Watershed, which is located in Hart, Hardin and LaRue Counties, has a history of problems with fecal contamination, according to various news sources. Some residents use straight pipes to the creek to dispose of their waste, rather than a septic or sewer system.
The high level of human and animal waste in the creeks makes it unsuitable for swimming or fishing.
The Bacon Creek Watershed is situated in the Upper Green River Basin and predominantly lies in Hart County.
The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until April 16 on a draft report addressing E. coli and fecal coliform impairments in the Bacon Creek Watershed.
The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters where designated uses are not being met and water quality impairments exist. The state is also required to prioritize the list of impaired waters, calculate a Total Maximum Daily Load of pollutants for those waters and devise plans to improve the water quality.
The report, prepared by the Division of Water, addresses E. coli and fecal coliform impairments in the Bacon Creek Watershed at levels that make them impaired for the swimming designated use. Revisions to the report may be made following the public comment period and before it is sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
The report may be viewed on the Division of Water Web site at http://water.ky.gov/Pages/PublicNotices.aspx.
Comments should be sent in writing to Andrea Fredenburg, Division of Water, 200 Fair Oaks Lane, Fourth Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601 or by e-mail to Andrea.Fredenburg@ky.gov. Contact Andrea Fredenburg by phone at 502-564-3410.