Report Finds Contaminated Waterways

A new report says Kentucky’s streams are becoming more polluted.

The Kentucky Division of Water said increased monitoring for pollution turned up more streams that don't fully support aquatic life.

The Division's director said the report should not be seen as a declining trend in water quality. He said instead, it's a reflection of increased monitoring.

It showed that 3,700 miles of streams in Kentucky don't fully support aquatic life, an increase of 741 miles over two years.

The Ohio River is the primary culprit, with fish consumption advisories posted on over 600 miles along Kentucky’s northern border.

The contaminates include mercury and cancer-causing chemicals.