New report examines pollution in Kentucky streams

Kentucky's extensive network of rivers and streams is under assault on a wide variety of fronts, from channelization and land clearing for development to agriculture, urban runoff and coal mining, according to a report.

The report, called the 2008 Integrated Report to Congress on Water Quality in Kentucky, is required under the Clean Water Act. It is issued every two years.

The report found that, of 4,500 miles of waterways assessed, 70 percent did not support what is called "primary contact recreation" such as swimming. That is a nearly 47 percent increase from the 2006 report.

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