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Energy and Environment Cabinet

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:

  • February 8 at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort
  • June 7  at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort
  • August 23 at the state fair
  • November 8 at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort

 Agriculture Water Quality Authority Members

Allan BryantKentucky Association of Conservation Districts
Brent BurchettKentucky Department of Agriculture
Amanda Gumbert UK College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
Larry Thomas Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
Kim Richardson Kentucky Division of Conservation
Bill SteeleKentucky Division of Forestry
Chuck TaylorKentucky Geological Survey
Lee RobeyMember-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)
Allen KyleCitizens-at-large

 Ag Water Quality Authority Documents

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

 Agriculture Water Quality Authority 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