Kentucky Institute for Watershed Management Support

The Kentucky Institute for Watershed Management Support (KIWMS) provides regional planning support to communities throughout the Commonwealth in order to maintain the natural and economic resources of their watersheds. The Water and Wastewater Laboratory Analysis DNA Cloning and Sequencing Operational Troubleshooting Specialized Training Mapping and Modeling Sampling and Monitoring Applications Development Proof-of-Concept and Technology Verification The CWRS is organized into three divisions - The Water Analysis, Training, Education and Research Services laboratory consortium, providing state-of-the-art water, wastewater and microbiological analytical services; the Environmental Informatics and Information Technology division, specializing in expert systems technology and environmental software applications development; and the Field Operations and Outreach division, providing in-field technology verification, mapping and monitoring services.">CWRS expertise in water, wastewater, utility and municipal technical assistance provider, empowers communities to realize the fundamental goal of holistic watershed management. KIWMS leverages synergy between local, state and other resource agencies at a watershed level by providing infrastructure and support for accountability and the technical basis to ensure measurable results. Regulatory instruments exist for improving water quality on a watershed basis for redress and rehabilitation in the case of pathogen impaired streams. For streams impacted by runoff from agricultural operations, Kentucky’s Agricultural Water Quality Act provides operational standards and a means for enforcement to ensure the protection of the Commonwealth’s waters. Water quality impacts from failed septic systems can be mitigated by enforcement of performance standards by local public health departments. Kentucky’s Watershed Management Framework favors local engagement and implementation over regulatory enforcement for meeting water quality goals. Success of this approach is dependent on access and engagement of technical, financial and managerial capacity development programs in a similar fashion as those existing for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. KIWMS engages stakeholders at the local and regional level in a collaborative problem solving process to develop sustainable and technically sound solutions for pervasive failures in onsite wastewater systems that potentially contribute to the pathogen impairment of local streams and limit economic growth. KIWMS engages local communities with regional planning entities to achieve local change that positively impacts watershed health. A key strategy in the community-specific implementation of the KIWMS is a public education campaign. KIWMS promotes strategies for wastewater minimization for both residential and commercial establishments. KIWMS also provides Technical,Financial and Managerial assistance to develop and implement functional and extensible wastewater management alternatives for communities throughout Kentucky to improve watershed health and promote economic development. This assistance is provided through detailed situation assessments, technology demonstrations, public education, and technical, managerial and financial alternatives. The techniques developed and resources accessed to further wastewater minimization strategies are transferable to other project areas. As an impartial entity, KIWMS acts at the interface between federal, state and local government, private sector organizations, funding agencies and local stakeholder groups with the ability to expend effort and resources on critical activities that do not fit neatly within the other organizations' missions. KIWMS provides scientific expertise to local Area Development Districts and local stakeholder groups using Water and Wastewater Laboratory Analysis DNA Cloning and Sequencing Operational Troubleshooting Specialized Training Mapping and Modeling Sampling and Monitoring Applications Development Proof-of-Concept and Technology Verification The CWRS is organized into three divisions - The Water Analysis, Training, Education and Research Services laboratory consortium, providing state-of-the-art water, wastewater and microbiological analytical services; the Environmental Informatics and Information Technology division, specializing in expert systems technology and environmental software applications development; and the Field Operations and Outreach division, providing in-field technology verification, mapping and monitoring services.">CWRS resources and through coordination with universities and community/technical colleges serving the region.