Dr. James Tidwell, head of the university’s aquaculture program, says the vessel will be used to research water quality and fish and freshwater mussel populations, and for graduate programs, like the master’s in environmental studies.
In 1931, the town found new life when the state built a bridge at Gratz to connect Owen and Henry counties. Eight years ago, the 1,100 foot long bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Debris left behind by last month’s Kentucky River flood is still partially blocking navigable waters in Frankfort. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has been examining the lingering effects of the record flood.
Letcher County residents have been warned not to use their tap water for anything but flushing toilets. A petroleum leak is suspected, and was also the culprit for a similar incident in November 2008.
The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has cited a Whitesburg petroleum wholesaler for contaminating the city’s water supply. Don Childers of Childers Oil Company could pay up to $25,000 for every day he violated state environmental regulations, including one that prohibits unlawful discharges into the Kentucky River.