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Drinking Water Safety

Drinking Water Safety

August 19, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Wayne Sanderson, University of Kentucky, College of Public Health

Episode 21: Drinking Water Safety

In this episode, Carmen joins Wayne Sanderson from UK's College of Public Health to discuss drinking water safety, an important issue that has entered the national conversation, in part, because of Flint, Michigan and Martin County, Kentucky. Learn about the importance of maintaining a sound water distribution system, the science of epidemiology, tips for protecting well water, and how land use impacts drinking water systems in ways you likely have not thought of before.

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Winning with Rain Gardens

Winning with Rain Gardens

August 12, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Suzette Walling, Agricultural Extension Associate, Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky and Benjamin, Lily and Ms. Cummins of Redwood Cooperative School

Episode 20: Winning with Rain Gardens

In this episode, Amanda joins Suzette Walling at the Cat's Catchment along Farm Road on UK's campus to learn about rain gardens and the many benefits they provide beyond stormwater quality. You'll also get to meet Benjamin and Lily, two 5th grade students, who were part of a leadership team that designed and helped build a rain garden for Redwood Cooperative School and are now teaching other students about rain gardens.

Episode Transcript: Click here to access the episode transcript which includes links.

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Hypoxia Task Force

Hypoxia Task Force

August 5, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guests: Dr. Mike Schmitt, Associate Dean for Extension, University of Minnesota and Dr. Beth Baker, Assistant Extension Professor, Mississippi State University

Episode 19: Hypoxia Task Force

In this episode, Amanda meets with Drs. Schmitt and Baker in Washington, D.C. to discuss the goals of the Hypoxia Task Force. Learn about hypoxia, its causes, what the task force is working on, and how Kentucky farmers play a role in protecting our state's and nation's waters.

Episode Transcript: Click here to access the episode transcript which includes links.

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Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development

July 29, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Chris Dent, Dent Civil Engineering, LLC (formerly Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government)

Episode 18: Low Impact Development

In this episode, Carmen joins Chris Dent at the Ronald McDonald House to discuss low impact development and green infrastructure and how these practices can ameliorate some of the impacts of stormwater. Learn how development impacts soils and hence infiltration rates, types of permeable pavements, and the importance of maintenance in extending the life of these green infrastructure practices.

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Taming Stormwater with Trees

Taming Stormwater with Trees

July 22, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Stacy Borden, University of Kentucky

Episode 17: Taming Stormwater with Trees

In this episode, Carmen joins Stacy Borden, the University of Kentucky's Arborculturalist, at the Kirwin-Blanding complex to discuss the importance of trees in creating a healthy urban ecosystem. Learn about the benefits trees provide in protecting stormwater quality, how to properly mulch a tree, the importance of having a diverse canopy, and opportunities to become involved in urban forest initiatives.

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Stormwater

Stormwater

July 15, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Jennifer Carey, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Water Quality, MS4/Water Quality Section Manager

Episode 16: Stormwater

In this episode, Carmen joins Jennifer Carey at Coldstream Park to discuss stormwater. Learn about stormwater and how its managed, what the Lexington is doing to protect stormwater quality, and how you can play a role in protecting our local environment.

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Paddling Paint Lick Creek

Paddling Paint Lick Creek

July 8, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: John Wilson, Garrard County Judge Executive

Episode 15: Paddling Paint Lick Creek

In this episode,Amanda joins John Wilson, Garrard County Judge Executive, on a paddling trip down Paint Lick Creek. On this trip, Amanda and John discuss the impacts of land use on the health of Paint Lick Creek.

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Riparian (Streamside) Buffers

Riparian (Streamside) Buffers

July 1, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Russ Turpin, EcoGro

Episode 14: Riparian (Streamside) Buffers

In this episode, Amanda joins Russ Turpin from EcoGro at Clays Mill Elementary in Southland Park to learn about riparian or streamside buffers and their importance in protecting water quality.

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Exploring McConnell Springs

Exploring McConnell Springs

June 24, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Dr. Alan Fryar, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky

Episode 13: Exploring McConnell Springs

In this episode, Carmen joins Dr. Alan Fryar at McConnell Springs Park in Lexington, Kentucky to discuss the unique geology and history of the springs. Learn about the importance of McConnell Springs to Lexington's history, the strong linkage between surface and ground waters in the park, and the  importance of doing our part to protect water resources.

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Geology and Bourbon

Geology and Bourbon

June 17, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Dr. Alan Fryar, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky

Episode 12: Geology and Bourbon

In this episode, Carmen joins Dr. Alan Fryar at the Distillery District in Lexington, Kentucky to discuss geology and its importance to Kentucky's culture, particular bourbon. Learn how geology helped shape the Kentucky's bourbon industry.

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Irrigation Tips for Homeowners

Irrigation Tips for Homeowners

June 10, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Richard Warner, Ph.D., Emeritus Extension Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky

Episode 15: Irrigation Tips for Homeowners

In this episode, Carmen joins Dr. Richard Warner at his home to discuss home irrigation systems. Learn about different types of home irrigation systems and listen to tips for conserving water while irrigating.

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Restoring Streams

Restoring Streams

June 3, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Eric Dawalt, Engineer, Ridgewater/EcoGro Team

Episode 10: Restoring Streams

In this episode, Amanda joins Eric Dawalt of the Ridgewater/EcoGro team at Coldstream Park about stream restoration. Learn about some of the benefits of stream restoration.

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Coldstream Park Stream Restoration Project

Coldstream Park Stream Restoration Project

May 27, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Eric Dawalt, Engineer, Ridgewater/EcoGro Team

Episode 9: Coldstream Park Stream Restoration Project

In this episode, Amanda meets with Eric Dawalt of the Ridgewater/EcoGro team to discuss the Coldstream Park Stream Restoration project. Learn the history behind the project and gain an understanding of stream restoration.

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On Tap

On Tap

May 13, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Shane Tedder, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Kentucky

Episode 8: On Tap

In this episode, Carmen meets with Shane Tedder to discuss water bottles, their impacts on the environment, and what the University of Kentucky (UK) is doing to help curb their usage. Learn about the history of UK's water bottle filling station, UK's Student Sustainability Council, and creating environmentally sustainable habits.

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Cattle Production and Water Quality

Cattle Production and Water Quality

April 29, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Steve Higgins, Ph.D., Director of Environmental Compliance, Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of Kentucky

Episode 7: Cattle Production and Water Quality

In this episode, Amanda joins Dr. Steve Higgins at Eden Shale arm in Owenton, Kentucky to learn about methods for protecting water quality while raising beef cattle. Learn about the Kentucky Ag Water Quality Act, forage production, soil compaction, and best management practices such as cisterns and tire waterers.

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Snakes, Turtles, Frogs, Oh My!

Snakes, Turtles, Frogs, Oh My!

April 15, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Steve Price, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Forestry and Natural Resources Department, University of Kentucky

Episode 6: Snakes, Turtles, Frogs, Oh My!

In this episode, Carmen joins Dr. Steve Price at the Price Lab to learn about reptiles found in Kentucky. Learn about the Commonwealth's venomous and nonvenomous snakes, common misconceptions about reptiles, the ecosystem benefits they provide, and how we impact their habitats.

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Photo credit to Jake Hutton, Forestry and Natural Resources Department, University of Kentucky

Searching for Salamanders

Searching for Salamanders

April 1, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Michael Downs, Park Naturalist at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Episode 5: Searching for Salamanders

In this episode, Carmen joins Michael Downs at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary to learn about one of their most popular programs, Salamander Search.

Episode Transcript: Click here to access the episode transcript which includes links.

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Exploring Raven Run

Exploring Raven Run

March 25, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Michael Downs, Park Naturalist at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Episode 4: Exploring Raven Run

In this episode, Carmen joins Michael Downs at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary to learn about the park and its visitor programming.

Episode Transcript: Click here to access the episode transcript which includes links.

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Salamander Sleuths, Part 2

Salamander Sleuths, Part 2

March 4, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Steve Price, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Forestry and Natural Resources Department, University of Kentucky

Episode 2: Salamander Sleuths, Part 2

In this episode, Carmen joins Dr. Steve Price at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary to learn about salamanders found in Kentucky. Learn about the characteristics of some common Kentucky salamanders, incomplete metamorphosis, and the wide range of habitats in which these creatures are found.

Episode Transcript: Click here to access the episode transcript which includes links.

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Photo credit to Jake Hutton, Forestry and Natural Resources Department, University of Kentucky

Salamander Sleuths, Part 1

Salamander Sleuths, Part 1

February 18, 2019

Hosts: Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., P.E., M.P.P., Extension Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky and Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Water Quality, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Guest: Steve Price, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Forestry and Natural Resources Department, University of Kentucky

Episode 2: Salamander Sleuths, Part 1

In this episode, Carmen joins Dr. Steve Price at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary to search for salamanders. Learn about salamanders, their habitats, and the importance of good water quality in protecting these creatures.

Episode Transcript: Click here to access the episode transcript which includes links.

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Photo credit to Jake Hutton, Forestry and Natural Resources Department, University of Kentucky