Surface Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Meeting AWOP Goals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2017) – Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 36 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), for 2016.

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Environmental Excellence Awards Nominations Sought

The Division of Compliance Assistance is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Excellence Awards.

At this year’s Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, one award will be given for each of the following areas; Environmental Pacesetter, Community Environmental Luminary, Resource Caretaker and KY EXCEL Champion.

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U.S. Department of Energy Offers a Webinar on the Benefits of Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy invites you to attend a webinar on the benefits of Combined Heat and Power at your wastewater facility which will be held Thursday, April 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm EDT.

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Can You Dig It?

In Kentucky, one thing that you will face when digging is differences. The multiple soil types, terrains, elevations and climates make it a challenge. The rocky areas of the state are particularly challenging as well as costly. Sometimes having the right tool can be the difference between a project going well and a project being delayed. Productivity is a key element when discussing how projects will be approached, conducted and completed. There is a lot to be said about being able to pre-clean a path in all soil conditions and improving installation efficiency.

Drilling technology is advancing and new attachments are available to help achieve more true-to-size cuts according to the soil types. Whether it is in sandy and soft soils or rocky and hard soils, precise cuts save time, effort and money. Bore paths in unstable soil conditions can often collapse or fill with material in the ground. Material left in a bore can damage product, especially in restricted spaces. These new designs are allowing for improved productivity in installation under challenging conditions and circumstances.

The Division of Compliance Assistance does not endorse or recommend companies. This blog is for informational purposes and is endorsing technology.

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It’s Wastewater Treatment and Collection Certification Renewal Time!

Attention all certified Wastewater Treatment and Collection operators! It is certification renewal time. You must renew your certifications between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year. If you renew after June 30 but before Dec. 31, you will have to pay a $250 late fee, along with the renewal fee of $50 for online renewal or $100 if you mail your renewal form into our office. If you fail to renew by Dec. 31, you must retake the Certification Exam.

To renew, you must have 12 continuing education hours for Class 1 and Class 2 operators or 24 continuing education hours for Class 3 and Class 4 operators. The continuing education hours must be board-approved, so if you take continuing education classes from someone other than the Operation Certification Program, make sure the course has been approved and the training provider has sent the training rosters to the Certification and Licensing Branch.

If you haven’t taken the required training to get the hours you need, you can find the Operator Training schedule for classes we are offering at .

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Reminder––Award Submissions Are Due Feb. 1!

On Dec. 15, we opened the nomination period seeking submissions for the Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism. This award was created to honor our former trainer, Steve Crosman, who passed away in December 2011. The award is open to DCA-certified operators who have exhibited a strong passion for their profession. As a reminder, submissions are due by Feb. 1, 2017, at midnight.

To see the original blog post about this award, click here. A link to the nomination form can be found here. If you have any questions, send an email to or call 502-564-0323.

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Environmental Scientist II Vacancy Announcement

Environmental Scientist II Vacancy Announcement

Vacancy Announcement #51881BR
Kentucky Operator Certification Program
Environmental Scientist II
Post Date: Jan. 14, 2017
Post Ending Date: Jan. 23, 2017


The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance is seeking candidates to deliver structured training and examinations to potential and current drinking water system and wastewater treatment operators. This vacancy is one of four positions responsible for these duties. Frequent overnight travel within the state is required.

Kentucky law requires that only individuals certified by the Department for Environmental Protection may operate a drinking water and/or wastewater system. This certification is required to verify that an operator has sufficient knowledge and experience to properly manage these facilities and ensure that water supplied to the public is safe for consumption and that wastewater is properly treated. The division provides training to operators to help them prepare for their certification examination and to help operators that are already certified obtain the continuing education credits required for the maintenance of their certification license.

This position will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Develop and Deliver Certification Training – Enhance existing certification training materials and develop additional training materials that will maximize a water treatment operator’s knowledge and abilities. Deliver this information in structured training events at locations throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Administer Certification Exams – Proctor certification exam events.
  • Review Certification Applications – Review certification exam applications to ensure that only qualified individuals are permitted to take a certification exam.
  • Assist Operators – Help individuals interested in becoming a certified operator understand the certification training and testing process.
  • Serve as a Technical Resource – Provide technical information to the department’s Compliance Assistance Program to ensure that meaningful assistance is provided to Kentucky’s drinking water and wastewater systems.


All applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications.

  1. Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a natural or physical science. Professional experience in natural resources, environmental control or a related area will substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
  2. Must have one year of professional experience in natural resources, environmental control or a related area. Graduate study in the natural or physical sciences will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.


Individuals with any of the following skills and experiences are encouraged to apply.

  • Experience with drinking water system operations, wastewater treatment, training or adult education
  • Demonstrated capability to prepare informational handouts, publications and training materials
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Capable with word processing and presentation software


This vacancy is a merit position within Kentucky State Government. All merit positions are hired via competitive registers maintained by the Personnel Cabinet. Information on the process for applying for jobs with the Commonwealth of Kentucky can be found at Interested parties are also encouraged to notify the contact listed below via email.

Application Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017
Position Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Salary: Grade 13, (Min-Mid) $32,042.40 – $42,656.40 yearly at 37.5 hours/week
Contact: Jessica Wilhoite, Branch Manager within the Division of Compliance Assistance, can be reached at 502-564-0323 or via email at

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