Stormwater Permit issued

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Lexington’s stormwater discharge permit was updated on Wednesday, and the update will go into effect this month.

Officials say the permit will replace the permit from 2009, and will allow Lexington to continue forward with stormwater improvement, in the overall goal of clean and healthy streams.

“Over the last five years, we have significantly improved stormwater management in Lexington,” said Charlie Martin, director of the division of Water Quality, “Lexington’s new permit reflects the progress we’ve made and will ensure that we continue our work in improving stormwater quality in Fayette County.”

Officials say one success story comes in the form of an “Unsightly, eroded ditch” that the Stormwater Incentive Grant transformed into a naturalized, healthy stream. Authorities say the seventh and eighth graders from Montessori Middle School now use that stream on a daily basis, to learn about the ecosystem, problem solving and sustainability.

Lexington city officials say they will also be implementing an online watershed report card, which keeps track of the health of the watershed based on water quality, aquatic life, and how safe it is for human recreation.

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