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Elkhorn Creek

Division of Conservation
Agriculture Water Quality Authority

The Agriculture Water Quality Authority was established by the Agriculture Water Quality Act (KRS 224.71-100 through 224.71-140) by the 1994 General Assembly.  The members of the authority are appointed by the governor to represent the state’s agriculture and environmental community while developing and supporting a statewide agricultural water quality plan.

The statewide agriculture water quality plan is an effort to produce a practical, flexible, coordinated natural resources management system that protects the waters of the Commonwealth and complies with applicable government rules and regulations. It is based on pollution prevention through the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs). KRS 224.71 defines BMPs as the most effective, practical and economical means of reducing and preventing water pollution. BMPs establish minimum acceptable quality levels of planning, siting, designing, installing, operating and maintaining agriculture and silviculture facilities and operations.

Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:

  • Nov. 8, 2018 at Holiday Inn Hurstbourne in Louisville
  • Feb. 14, 2019 at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort
  • June 16, 2019 at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort
  • Aug. 22, 2019 at Kentucky State Fair
  • Nov. 14, 2019 at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort

 Agriculture Water Quality Authority Members

Allan BryantKentucky Association of Conservation Districts
Keith RogersKentucky Department of Agriculture
Amanda Gumbert UK College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
Larry Thomas Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
Paulette AkersKentucky Division of Conservation
James WrightKentucky Division of Forestry
Chuck TaylorKentucky Geological Survey
Todd ClarkMember-at-large Agr. Operations
Ron BruntyEnvironmental Groups
Joseph SiskMember-at-large Agr. Operations
Karen Woodrich National Resource Conservation Service (ex-officio)
Peter GoodmannKentucky Division of Water (ex-officio)
Angela BillingsKentucky Department of Health Services (ex-officio)

 Ag Water Quality Authority Documents

Ag Water Quality Act Handout
AWQA Briefing Sheet
AWQA Strategic Actions- PROGRESS2017
AWQA Strategic Plan
KAWQA Basic Presentation
Kentucky Ag Water Quality Plan
Ky Ag Water Quality Authority Logo

 Agriculture Water Quality Authority Minutes

06-07-18 AWQA Meeting Minutes
11-16-2017 AWQA Meeting Minutes
08-24-2017 AWQA Meeting Minutes
02-02-17 AWQA Meeting Minutes
11-17-16 AWQA Meeting Minutes
06-16-16 AWQA Meeting minutes
06-4-15 AWQA Meeting Minutes
02-05-15 AWQA Meeting Minutes
11-20-14 AWQA Meeting Minutes
08-21-14 AWQA Meeting Minutes
06-05-14 AWQA Meeting Minutes
03-06-14 AWQA Meeting Minutes
11-21-13 AWQA Meeting Minutes