The Kentucky Geological Survey received a $1.1 million grant to collect information on groundwater quality and quantity in the eastern Kentucky coalfields. The funding extends a 1-year, $211,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Water will be sampled continuously from between 40 and 50 core holes or wells, each drilled to an average depth of 120 meters. Quality and levels of the water are the main concern of the monitoring. By using standard submersible pumps, researchers will also be able to test each well's potential to supply water to industry and municipalities, according to Jon Kiefer, project coordinator.