Northern Kentucky Health Department
Surface Water Quality
The Northern Kentucky Health Department’s
Master Health Plan
identifies surface water quality as a Northern Kentucky priority public
Industrial and household chemical pollution, deteriorating and
inadequate municipal sewers, and malfunctioning septic systems were all
identified as threats to the public health. To accomplish the goal of reducing
“the potential for illness by contact with or ingestion of contaminated water,”
the Health Department and several regional organizations have begun implementing
several strategies identified in the Master Plan, including.
hazardous waste disposal programs:
Household Hazardous Waste Action Coalition helps protect the public
health and environment of Northern Kentucky by facilitating the safe
disposal of household hazardous waste. Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton
counties have fostered a working partnership between several agencies,
groups and businesses to create a consistent outreach to citizens that makes
proper disposal of problem household chemicals much easier.
The Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Resource Guide
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household hazardous waste disposal.
Sanitation District 1 , along with many other local groups and agencies,
host “WaterIfic” in the springtime at its Public Service Park. Waterific is a program of outdoor and environmental
education for middle school students in which students learn about
watersheds, effects of pollution on organisms, erosion, aquatic creatures,
Increase the number of trained
community volunteers: Concerns expressed in the Master Health Plan in
recent years about creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds have coincided with an
increasing awareness of water pollution issues in Kentucky, and the
development of a statewide network of volunteer water testers. In 1997, the
Kentucky River Watershed Watch pilot project trained volunteers to test
the water in their region for various pollutants, monitor water chemistry
and to perform biological indicator and physical habitat assessments.
The success of the project led to similar
watershed watch groups in every basin in Kentucky with more than 3,000
citizen volunteers statewide as of 2006. In Northern Kentucky, as of January
2007, there were 13 monitoring sites in the Licking River watershed and the
smaller tributaries to the Ohio; and eight monitoring sites in the Kentucky
strategies in the Master Health Plan, such as community education opportunities,
repairing and replacing malfunctioning septic systems, promoting implementation
of agricultural best management practices, etc. are ongoing.