general ideas for putting your sampling results to use

The Watershed Watch organization is here to assist you with understanding, communicating and translating your findings to constructive action on your waterbody of interest. These general ideas may give you some inspiration for ways to use your newfound knowledge about local water quality to improve your stream, river or lake's conditions.

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Watershed Watch Volunteer samplers are critical to protecting Kentucky's water resources because they are often the first to notice related concerns or threats. Our samplers are out and about, familiar with normal creek conditions, and have the training to recognize when conditions are deteriorating.

Regulatory agencies depend on conscientious citizens reporting problems when they find them, so that they can respond promptly to address and limit the damage. While stream conditions naturally fluctuate, there are instances when you may consider alerting the Kentucky Division of Water.

Click here for guidance on reporting a problem.

In 2003, the Kentucky River Authority initiated a Watershed Grant Program to provide financial assistance to local groups interested in engaging in watershed outreach and education, water improvement activities, or water quality sampling activities.

These watershed grants from the Kentucky River Authority have provided much-needed funding assistance for local efforts to improve water quality conditions throughout the Kentucky River Basin. Further, the projects funded by the grants help inspire community interest, education, and enthusiasm for continuing watershed initiatives.

Click here for more info about this grant program.

Success Stories

From Sampling to Action:

Several sampling efforts have led to group formation and grant funding or collaborative partnerships that have enabled water quality improvements.

Joint Partnership between KRWW and Lexington's Stormwater Monitoring Program

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Water Quality Division created a program to use KRWW's citizen samplers and other volunteers to help with monitoring waterways and storm drain outfalls throughout their urban service area. Volunteers are provided with additional training and equipment and work with city employees to gather water quality data and report back to the city.

This information is being used to identify and address "illicit discharges" of pollutants into the waterways. It is also being used to develop formalized watershed plans for more widespread water quality improvement.