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City investigates suds in Lost River Cave

Published:
July 29, 2022
Category:
General
Contact:
Deborah West - 270-393-3642
Location:
Bowling Green, KY
City investigates suds in Lost River Cave

As recently as Thursday, environmental manger Matt Powell met with local industrial officials to attempt to identify the source of the suds in Lost River Cave.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The City of Bowling Green is aware of and has been investigating the cause of suds in the stream flowing into Lost River Cave for several years.

As recently as Thursday, environmental manger Matt Powell met with local industrial officials to attempt to identify the source of the suds.

“The City of Bowling Green considers the intermittent presence of soap in the water at Lost River Cave to be an illicit discharge under our ordinances,” Powell said. “For the last several years city staff have responded to these incidents by analyzing the water for surfactants and other substances, inspecting karst features, conducting multiple inspections of local industry and businesses, and alerting other state and regional agencies that may be able to help. These efforts have failed to conclusively yield a source of the suds.

“In response to the escalation in frequency of these events over the last several months City staff have been working with Western Kentucky University to design a groundwater study that should provide a much deeper understanding of the nature of the issue and potential sources. That study has not yet been started,” Powell said.

The city will continue to work with agency partners and industry to determine and eliminate the cause.

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