An urgent water situation in Albany, Ky., was one focus of Governor Fletcher's visit to Clinton County on April 16, 2007.
The water problems are the result of the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to lower Lake Cumberland to 680 feet above sea level to make structural repairs to Wolf Creek Dam.
On Friday, Fletcher signed an executive order establishing a funding framework to address immediate public safety concerns and other harmful effects caused by the lowering of Lake Cumberland. The corps has informed water utilities in writing the lake could be lowered even further at the end of the year - possibly as low as 650 feet above sea level.
The city of Albany has submitted a plan to the Kentucky Environmental and Public Potection Cabinet to extend water intakes to an area of the lake that will ensure the water supply is not interrupted.
The plan is under review by the cabinet's Division of Water