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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Peyton Creek Project Photo by Angie Wingfield

Division of Conservation
Nonpoint Source Pollution

What is Nonpoint Source Pollution?

Nonpoint source pollution (NPS) originates from numerous diffuse sources. Nonpoint sources include storm water runoff from agriculture land, construction sites, urban areas, disturbed forest areas, abandoned mine land and other land use activities.

Why is Nonpoint Source Pollution a Problem?

Runoff carries pollutants into streams, lakes and groundwater. It is the primary cause of pollution for approximately two-thirds of the stream miles and lake acres in Kentucky that are water quality impaired. Nonpoint source pollutants are also a cause of pollution in drinking water, particularly in rural areas.

What is Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program?

Simply put, the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program consists of programs and projects to implement best management practices in accordance with Section 319, subsection (h) of the federal Clean Water Act Amendments of 1987. This program authorizes funding for nonpoint source pollution control projects that meet the goals and objectives of the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Management Program.

What part does the Division of Conservation (DOC) play in the Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program?

DOC administers and helps to implement nonpoint source pollution projects that are agriculture or construction related. In order to maximize NPS pollution control efforts, technical and financial assistance from other federal, state and local sources are cooperatively targeted to NPS priority watersheds. Grant funds authorized by Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act assist states with implementing NPS pollution control projects.

For more information e-mail Angie Wingfield, program coordinator, or call 502-573-3080.