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Black water running in the Levisa Fork toward Fishtrap in southeastern Ky.  Taken 4/14/2005

Black Water

Black water spills are of great concern due to their effect on the environment and the citizens who live in Kentucky's coalfield regions.  Spills impact water quality, harm aquatic life and damage environmental health.  Black Water is defined as water containing coal particles and can occur as a result of discharges from coal impoundments, sediment ponds, roads or other coal mining-related activities. 

If you see a black water spill, report it immediately!  This increases the chances of finding the source of the spill so that appropriate enforcement action can be taken to prevent future spills.

If the spill occurs Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., contact the District Regional Office serving your county.  This will allow for the fastest response.

You are not required to give your name, but the following information is of utmost importance:

Name of the stream
Closest highway intersection
Time you observed the spill
Nearest community

For example, black water was observed at 12:30 p.m. in Tagus Creek near the intersection of Highways 80 and 421 in Jameson County, Kentucky.  It is about 3 miles south of the town of Red Rock.



Spill Reporting Hotline
Environmental Response Team