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U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin today announced $7.23 million in grant funding for four projects in Martin County to address the community’s failing water system and improve economic development opportunities.

Two grants were awarded to help address the water crisis in Martin County, including:

Groups Push For Tougher Environmental Laws

Apr 26, 2015
Greg Stotelmyer

The Republican-led Congress is receiving a failing grade from several national conservation and environmental groups.

The coalition of organizations claims Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's first 100 days as Majority Leader has been a failure on both the environmental and public health fronts.

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, says McConnell and his colleagues deserve an "F."

"It's an 'F' from our perspective," he says.

Events to Commemorate Anniversary of Water Crisis

Jan 8, 2015
Dan Heyman and Public News Service

Events on Friday, Jan. 9, will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the tap water contamination crisis in West Virginia – just as the legislature gets ready to revisit the issue.

Workshops, receptions, public meetings, a vigil and a film will be held Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in and around the Culture Center at the state Capitol in Charleston.

Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, says her organization is hoping to hear from lawmakers and leaders because the Elk River chemical spill was a historic event.

Outdoor Play Promotes Community Awareness

Jun 20, 2014
The New Brooklyn Theater Company

An unusual production of a play - on the river in downtown Charleston - is stirring the water and wants people to see. The New Brooklyn Theater Company is staging an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," on a stage built at a public dock.

The century-old play is about a doctor who finds his town's water has been polluted with a deadly chemical. Director Jonathan Solari, says they came to town specifically to prompt debate and dialogue. He says they want to talk about what's important to people, in a location central to those questions.

Water Problems Continue For Ashland Residents

Feb 5, 2014
Arlington

The city of Ashland’s quest to restore water service throughout the city and surrounding communities was dealt a setback on Wednesday (Feb. 5) when the region was hit with another winter storm.

City Manager Benjamin Bitter says the ice and snow knocked out power to some neighborhood pump stations and that caused about a hundred people to lose their water. However, he says the overall effort is showing progress.

Bitter says the city’s tanks continue to fill as line breaks are repaired. The main tank, the DeBord Tower, begins the day with a water level of 39-point-one feet.

Bluegrass Pipeline Opposition Grows

Aug 8, 2013

A retired teacher who owns farmland in Pendleton and Campbell Counties says the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline jeopardizes water supplies affecting millions of people. Sean Detisch says Williams & Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP plans to transport hazardous, natural gas liquids beneath the Ohio and Licking Rivers.