Watershed Management Planning in Kentucky

Watershed Planning Guidebook for Kentucky Communities

Kentucky approaches watershed planning through the Watershed

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Management Framework and the Watershed Planning Guidebook for Kentucky Communities.

A watershed plan is a strategy that provides assessment and management information for a geographically-defined watershed, including the analyses, actions, participants, and resources for developing an implementing the plan.

Link to the Watershed Planning Guidebook for Kentucky Communitieshttps://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Protection/DocsGuidebook/KY Watershed Planning Guidebook – Entire.pdf 



Watershed Management & Hazard Mitigation Planning: Collaborative Benefits in a Changing Climate

As climate events become more severe and frequent, this has the potential to turn natural seasonal flooding into dangerous rain events that create severe public heath, economic, and environmental problems for Kentucky.  Integrating water quality and water quantity management considerations using nature-based solutions can help mitigate flooding, while promoting social, economic, and environmental priorities. Ultimately, collaboration can empower communities to gain resiliency to help future generations.


  1. EPA’s Flood Resilience Checklist: is your community prepared for a possible flood? Completing this flood resilience checklist can help you begin to answer that question: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-07/documents/floodresilience-checklist.pdf
  2. Flood Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Facilities: managers of critical facilities can take this assessment to identify their facility’s potential vulnerabilities to flooding. Users receive a customized report summarizing risks and a set of recommendations to address them. https://mrcc.illinois.edu/FVA/index.jsp
  3. Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Communities: provides background information on nature-based solutions; presents the business case; and provides practical advice for planning and implementation. Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions
  4. Sustainable Development Code: provides information on removing code barriers, creating incentives, and filling in regulatory gaps. https://sustainablecitycode.org/ (check out Chapter 2, Sections 2.1 & 2.5)
  5. Association of State Floodplain Managers Flood Science Center’s Green Guide: highlights 25 of the 94 elements in the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, which have beneficial impacts beyond flood risk reduction. https://www.floodsciencecenter.org/products/crs-community-resilience/green-guide/



KDOW Presentation – KAMM 2020 Conference

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Learn more from the KDOW Presentation by Mahtaab Bagherzadeh and Perry Thomas.

Link to Watershed Management and Hazard Mitigation Planning – Collaborative Benefits in a Changing Climate.

Division of Water Nature-Based Solutions YouTube Video

Sep 17, 2020

There are opportunities to strengthen and empower Kentucky’s communities, while simultaneously addressing water quality and quantity issues. In doing so, we can mitigate flooding while promoting social, economic and environmental wellbeing.

The Division of Water and its partners can assist community planners, risk managers, and watershed groups interested in practices that mutually address water quality and quantity issues. 

Watch the Video! Link to the Kentucky Division of Water Nature-Based Solutions – YouTube.



More information from DOW

Link to more informationNature-Based Solutions.

Interested in integrating water quality and quantity management with support from KDOW?  Email Perry Thomas perryt@ky.gov.



Regional Basin Coordinator

The DOW is interested in quantifying resulting environmental impacts from mitigation strategies (projects).  The Division can assist communities in collecting data to assess project success, either through personnel or technical expertise in study design. 

Please contact your regional Basin Coordinator for assistance in water quality monitoring.













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