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James C. Currens

Title: Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Section

Address:
Kentucky Geological Survey
308 Mining and Mineral Resources Bldg.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0107

Phone: 859-323-0526
Fax: 859.257.1147

Joined KGS in 1979.

Education:

  • 1973, B.S., Geology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
  • 1978, M.S., Geology, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky.
  • 1981-1982, postgraduate coursework, Karst Hydrogeology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.
  • 1985-1988, postgraduate coursework, Hydrogeology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
  • 2001, postgraduate coursework, Karst Hydrogeology, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky.

Karst Hydrogeology Experience:

James Currens received his B.S. in geology, with emphasis on karst hydrogeology, in 1973 from the University of Kentucky. He completed an M.S. program in fluvial sedimentology at Eastern Kentucky University in 1978. Since 1982 he has pursued graduate course work in hydrogeology and karst geology at Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University.

From 1979 to 1984 he pursued volunteer work in karst geomorphology in the Mammoth Cave area of Kentucky, which resulted in contributions to the understanding of the hydrogeology of the area and a major cave discovery. He is a Fellow of the National Speleological Society.

He is presently employed by the Kentucky Geological Survey as a hydrogeologist specializing in karst aquifers. He delineated wellhead protection areas for two springs used for emergency water supply in Stanford, Ky.

In 1993 he completed a study of flooding of Sinking Creek, a large karst valley in northwestern Jessamine County.

He recently completed a nonpoint-source pollution study of Pleasant Grove Spring, Logan County, Kentucky. This research involved monitoring a karst spring for agriculturally derived pollutants such as nitrates, herbicides, and bacteria during both base-flow and high-flow conditions. The reconnaissance phase of the project required delineation of the groundwater basin of Pleasant Grove and several surrounding karst groundwater basins. The report on the initial findings of this work was published by the Kentucky Geological Survey and the final report on the project is in technical review.

Along with his co-author, Joe Ray of the Division of Water, Currens is currently working on a series of medium-scale maps delineating the currently mapped karst groundwater basins in Kentucky.

Currens is the principal investigator and project manager for a major karst groundwater dye-tracing project in the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.

Professional Organizations:

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, Certified Professional Geologist 905
  • Geological Society of America
  • National Water Well Association
  • National Speleological Society, Member Number 13110FL

Recent Publications:

  • Carey, D.I., Conrad, P.G., Currens, J.C., Dinger, J.S., Kipp, J.A., and Wunsch, D.R., 1994, Groundwater in the Kentucky River Basin: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Information Circular 52, 67 p.
  • Currens, J.C., 1975, An investigation of Up and Down Cave, Rockcastle County, Kentucky: National Speleological Society Bulletin, v. 37, no. 1, p. 9-15.
  • Currens, J.C., 1981, Kentucky caves, nature's mineral museums: Rocks and Minerals, v. 56, no. 3, p. 93-97.
  • Currens, J.C., 1981, Speleogenesis models for the Mammoth Cave region, and their use as predictive tools for southern Toohey Ridge, Hart and Barren Counties, Kentucky: 8th International Congress of Speleology, Proceedings, Bowling Green, Ky., v.1, p. 75-78.
  • Currens, J. C., 1983, Sedimentology and paleohydrology of a segment of Longs Cave, Edmonson County, Kentucky [abs.]: National Speleological Society Bulletin, v. 45, no. 2, unpaginated.
  • Currens, J.C., 1992, Caves, in Kleber, J.E., ed., The Kentucky encyclopedia: Lexington, University of Kentucky Press, p. 174-176.
  • Currens, J. C., 1995, Mass flux of agricultural nonpoint-source pollutants in a conduit-flow-dominated karst aquifer, Logan County, Kentucky, in Beck, B.F., ed., Karst geohazards, engineering and environmental problems in karst terrane: Proceedings of the Fifth Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impact of Karst: Rotterdam, A.A. Balkema, p. 179-187.
  • Currens, J.C., 1997, A sampling plan for conduit-flow karst springs: Minimizing sampling cost and maximizing statistical utility: P. E. Lamoreaux and Associates, The Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of Karst Terranes, p. 193-198.
  • Currens, J.C., 1999, Mass flux of agricultural nonpoint-source pollutants in a conduit-flow dominated karst aquifer, Logan County, Ky.: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 12, Report of Investigations 1, 151 p.
  • Currens, J.C., 2001, Generalized block diagram of the Inner Bluegrass karst: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 12, Map and Chart 15, 1 sheet.
  • Currens, J.C., 2001, Generalized block diagram of the Western Pennyroyal karst: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 12, Map and Chart 16, 1 sheet.
  • Currens, J.C., 2001, Generalized block diagram of the Eastern Pennyroyal karst: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 12, Map and Chart 17, 1 sheet.
  • Currens, J.C., 2001, Generalized block diagram of the Pine Mountain karst: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 12, Map and Chart 18, 1 sheet.
  • Currens, J.C., and Graham, C.D.R., 1993, Flooding of the Sinking Creek karst area in Jessamine and Woodford Counties, Kentucky: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Report of Investigations 7, 33 p.
  • Currens, J.C., and Graham, C.D.R., 1993, Flooding of Sinking Creek, Garretts Spring karst drainage basin, Jessamine and Woodford Counties, Kentucky, in Beck, B.F., ed., Applied karst geology: Proceedings of the Fourth Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impact of Karst: Rotterdam, A.A. Balkema, p. 145-156; Environmental Geology, v. 22, no. 4, p. 337-344.
  • Currens, J.C., and McGrain, P., 1979, Bibliography of karst geology in Kentucky: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Special Publication 1, 59 p.
  • Currens, J.C., and Ray, J.A., 1996, Mapped karst ground-water basins in the Lexington 30 x 60 minute quadrangle: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Map and Chart 10, scale 1:100,000.
  • Currens, J.C., and Ray, J.A., 1998, Mapped karst ground-water basins in the Somerset 30 x 60 minute quadrangle: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Map and Chart 18, scale 1:100,000.
  • Currens, J.C., and Ray, J.A., 1998, Mapped karst ground-water basins in the Harrodsburg 30 x 60 minute quadrangle: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Map and Chart 16, scale 1:100,000.
  • Currens, J.C., and Ray, J.A, 1999, Karst atlas for Kentucky, in Beck, B.F., Pettit, A.J., Herring, J.G., eds., Hydrogeology and engineering geology of sinkholes and karst--1999: Proceedings of the 7th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, April 10-14, 1999, Harrisburg-Hershey, Pa.: Rotterdam, A.A. Balkema, p. 85-90.
  • Felton, G.K., and Currens, J.C., 1994, Peak flow rate and recession curve characteristics of a karst spring in the Inner Blue Grass, central Kentucky: Journal of Hydrology, v. 162, p. 99-188.
  • Hutcheson, S.M., Sendlein, L.V.A., Dinger, J.S., Currens, J.C., and Sahba, A.M., 1997, Hydrogeology and ground-water monitoring of coal-ash disposal sites in a karst terrane near Burnside, south-central Kentucky: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Report of Investigation 11, 21 p.
  • Ray, J.A., and Currens, J.C., 1998, Mapped karst ground-water basins in the Beaver Dam 30 x 60 minute quadrangle: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Map and Chart 19, scale 1:100,000.
  • Ray, J.A., and Currens, J.C., 1998, Mapped karst ground-water basins in the Campbellsville 30 x 60 minute quadrangle: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Map and Chart 17, scale 1:100,000.
  • Ray, J.A., and Currens, J.C., 1998, Mapped karst ground-water basins in the Bowling Green 30 x 60 minute quadrangle: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 12, Map and Chart 22, scale 1:100,000.

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