Kentucky American Water has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and spend $20,000 on environmental programs after it damaged 1,000 feet of creek while laying a pipeline through Franklin County.
The company did not admit or deny it did wrong in the agreed order it reached last month with state environmental officials. It has restored the section of Buck Run Creek, and must monitor the restoration work for five years.
In February, inspectors from the state Division of Water visited the creek near Woodlake Road and issued a notice of violation to the company. The violation said the utility filled a section of stream channel without obtaining a permit.
The 42-inch pipe it was burying now carries water 31 miles to Lexington from a new treatment plant in Owen County.
Company spokeswoman Susan Lancho said the company thought the work it was doing was covered under another permit.
The company has agreed to spend at least $10,000 on signs about watershed education that will be placed along Lexington's Legacy Trail, on support of festivals in the Cane Run watershed, through which the trail passes, and on a program called Kentucky Trout in the Classroom.
At least another $10,000 will be spent to help defray the cost of rain barrels for low-income families.