Broad-based support for water-resources planning requires the distribution of information on issues, alternative solutions to problems, and an understanding of the consequences of policy decisions. In general, this information must be gathered from a variety of sources and clearly summarized. As part of its research activities, the Kentucky Geological Survey has begun assembling a spatial database to be used for water-resources planning and management.
ARC/INFO and ArcView GIS software packages are used to create and maintain spatial data at a statewide and basin level on water supplies, water usage, soils, ground water, water quality, demographics, transportation, infrastructure, oil and natural gas activities, topography, and political subdivisions. These data and the GIS are used to support water, coal, and petroleum resource studies.
GIS data are made available to the public at: http://www.uky.edu/KGS/gis/kgs_gis.html.