The current report summarizes the work associated with the construction, calibration, and application of the CE-QUAL-W2 water quality model to the Kentucky River. In applying the model to the Kentucky River System, the primary objective was to assess the impact of the operation of low-level control valves on water quality of the Kentucky River. This was accomplished by modeling the impact of the valves for low flow conditions associated with the 1930 drought of record along with projections for the year 2020. The results of this study indicate that for the modeled scenario, the proposed valves can be used to draw down the individual pools on the Kentucky River a maximum of 4 feet without causing significant chronic or acute impacts to the biota of the river.
Ormsbee, L.; Jarrett, L.; and Perkins, B., "Kentucky River Basin Water Quality Assessment Study" (1998). KWRRI Research Reports. 211.