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Advisory - Recreational users of KY River are cautioned

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By Allison Shepherd

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 3, 2019) - Due to the July 2 fire at the Jim Beam bourbon warehouse in Woodford County, and the anticipated impact to the Kentucky River, recreational users are encouraged to be aware of conditions and use caution while on the river.

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet officials anticipate that runoff from the bourbon fire will create conditions that include water discoloration, foaming, and an odor. The runoff is anticipated to create low dissolved oxygen levels, which could have a serious impact on the aquatic life in the river, including substantial fish kills.

The cabinet's emergency response team, Woodford and Franklin counties' Emergency Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an environmental contractor hired by the Jim Beam are working to limit the impact on the waterway.

The bourbon warehouse, located along McCracken Pike near Glen's Creek, caught fire late Tuesday night. Approximately 45,000 barrels of bourbon, containing approximately 2.5 million gallons, have been destroyed.

Recreational activity along the river is not prohibited at this time, but users are encouraged to be aware of conditions before utilizing the waterway.