Nearly 2,000,000 people throughout Kentucky rely on groundwater everyday. Families, farms, entire ecologies depend on it. Groundwater is a source of life. Yet, little is known about the water that runs beneath the Bluegrass: How much groundwater do we have? Is it enough? What aquifers are most sensitive to contamination? Why? How does this affect us? And, conversely, how do our everyday actions impact the quality of groundwater?
In 2014, Kiersten Nash and her colleagues at Public Works Collaborative including musician Ben Sollee; engineer Sean Montgomery; d.j. Zachary Kaiser; public artist, Bland Hoke; and educator, Dan Marwit began to wonder: What if...what if we could sense the water that runs beneath the Bluegrass? Together with geologists Charles Taylor and Bart Davidson from the Kentucky Geological Survey, they imagined Livestream—an innovative transmedia project that collects, monitors, and translates groundwater data from across Kentucky into an interactive soundscape that will manifest as a public art installation, an online archive, as well as an educational outreach program. Each aspect of Livestream is uniquely designed to raise environmental awareness, literacy, and accountability from the ground, up!