Accession Number : ADA115624

Title :   Kentucky River and Tributaries. Upper Kentucky River Navigation Project. Volume 1. Main Report.

Descriptive Note : Situation rept.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT LOUISVILLE KY

PDF Url : ADA115624

Report Date : Nov 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 84

Abstract : Use of the Upper Kentucky River locks is limited to recreation boating, which has declined approximately 50 percent over the period, 1970-1978. Economic analysis indicates that continued operation of Locks and Dams 5-14 does not appear to be justified. From a sociopolitical viewpoint, the project at present benefits 13 communities (324,000 people) for municipal and industrial water supply; benefits 590,000 people per year for recreation and boating; benefits 1,500 per year through hydroelectric power. The local and state support for continuation of locking and other project functions is extremely strong, emotional and vocal. Cessation of locking would adversely affect the regional economy in terms of 17 lost part-time and full-time job opportunities and $180,000 loss in direct income and wages. It is recommended that the Upper Kentucky River (Locks 5-14) remain open for the interim period 1981 through 1985 pending completion of a more comprehensive basinwide study. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Rivers, Kentucky, Locks(Waterways), Operation, Water traffic, Economic analysis, Water supplies, Recreation, Boats

Subject Categories : Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE