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June 21, 2018

HOLIDAY WATER RECREATION TIPS 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 21, 2018) - With summer upon us and July 4th quickly approaching, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which we boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources.

Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in any body of water. By using common sense, your risks of experiencing water-derived health issues can be greatly decreased.

DOW and DPH recommend avoiding areas with Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Blue-green algae occur naturally in the environment and are a vital part of the ecosystem. HABs arise when there are excess nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), sunny conditions, warm temperatures and low-flow or low-water conditions.

The more typical green algae, which do not produce toxins, come in many forms and may appear as underwater moss or stringy mats. Blue-green algae, on the other hand, appear as slicks of opaque, bright-green paint, but closer inspection often reveals the grainy, sawdust-like appearance of individual colonies or bacteria. The color of the algae may also appear red or brown.

If you are concerned that you have symptoms that are a result of exposure to HABs, please see your doctor and call your local health department.

DOW and DPH recommend that the public follow these guidelines to avoid exposure to HABS:

 

*  Avoid ingesting or inhaling the water.
*  Thoroughly clean hands and other areas of skin that have come in contact with the water.
*  Don’t allow open wounds to have direct contact with the water.
*  Avoid areas where swimming or harmful algal bloom (HAB) advisories have been issued.
*  Avoid water with obvious odors or surface scums.
*  Avoid getting in water after a heavy rainfall, especially in dense residential, urban and agricultural areas.
*  Avoid areas below wastewater treatment facility outfalls, animal feedlots, straight pipes or other obvious sources of pollution.
*  Restrict pets and livestock from drinking the water if a bright green or blue-green surface scum is present.
*  Avoid direct contact with HAB-infested water, including swimming, wading, fishing, paddling, diving and water skiing, which may result in symptoms.
*  People who are prone to respiratory allergies or asthma should avoid areas with HABs. Children may be particularly sensitive.

*  If contact has been made with water containing blue-green algae, wash off with fresh water. In some cases, skin irritation will appear after prolonged exposure. If symptoms persist, consult your local health care provider.

*  Fish fillets (not organs) may be consumed after the fillets have been rinsed in clean, non-lake water. It is advisable to wash any parts of your body that have come into contact with the fish.

*  More information concerning the quality of Kentucky’s water resources such as advisories or impairments can be found on the Kentucky Water Health Portal http://watermaps.ky.gov/WaterHealthPortal.

*  For more information on healthy swimming in all water bodies, visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/.

 

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Energy and Environment Cabinet

 

June 14, 2018

Matching grants up to $2,000 available for spay/neuter programs...

The Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board invites county and metro governments in Kentucky to apply for matching grants for spay and neuter activities for 2018.

Governments may partner with non-profit organizations to obtain the best use of resources. Funds are extremely limited, and applicants may request up to $2,000.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. No match is required, but preference will be given to applicants that provide the highest amount of matching dollars.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out the best price possible for the average anticipated cost per alteration, as grant amounts will be based in part on those costs. Added consideration will be given to spay/neuter programs that are mandatory.

Kentucky county or metro governments interested in applying for spay/neuter grants may download the application at kyspayneuter.com/documents/GrantApplication.pdf.

Applications must be received by Friday, July 15. Email all documents and required attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No faxed applications or mailings will be accepted.

The majority of funds for the program come from the sale of spay/neuter license plates. The board encourages Kentucky motorists to buy the plate when they buy or renew their vehicle licenses so the program may continue. You also may donate online or by check.

 

June 8, 2018

Mean temperature percentiles for May 2018, compared to previous years dating back to 1895

{ INSIDERS ONLY: One thing for sure it seemed like the hottest May temps ever experienced to those of us under 80 in Lawrence County, Ky last month. Right in the middle of it many, many AC units went out including ours at the Lazer office and my home. We bought fans and fans but nothing eased the heat.  I had to go to the TRMC ER for fluids and other treatment on one day when it was 92 degrees with 77% humidity.

I thought I was in Texas where many of my favorite cousins live.

Turns out we were living through the hottest weather since the early 1930's and I thought you may be interested in the numbers and story below. }

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Almost every place in the 48 contiguous states was warmer than normal last month, breaking a record that dates to 1934. And most of a wide swath of the nation, from the Texas Panhandle to Chesapeake Bay, had the warmest May ever. The average temperature in May, 65.4 degrees, was more than 5 degrees above normal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's latest climate assessment.

The May average "swept by the previous high mark of 64.7 degrees," set during the Dust Bowl era, Jason Samenow writes for The Washington Post. "One of the main reasons May 1934 was so hot was because it was so dry, posting the least precipitation for the month on record. When the land surface is dry, it heats up faster. . . . In May 2018, temperatures soared to record levels even without as much help from dry soils. Precipitation was a hair above normal averaged over the nation. Maryland, hit by major floods in Frederick and Ellicott City, had its wettest May on record. So did Florida. Asheville, N.C., posted 14.68 inches of rain, its wettest month in history."

Samenow adds, "The toasty pattern presented a massive contrast from April, which ranked the 13th-coldest on record, more than 2 degrees below average. Eight states had their warmest May on record: Virginia, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma."

 

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Written by Al Cross Posted at 6/08/2018 

Lazer publisher Mark Grayson contributed to this post

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