recreational outings

KRWW members are encouraged to notify the organization about upcoming water-related outings or events that would be of interest. Please use our Contact Us page to send us info about these opportunities.

Voyageur Canoe Trip on the Kentucky River
Saturday, August 21 or Sunday, August 22, 2021

Starting at the Clifton boat ramp, enjoy Pool 4 of the Kentucky River in a large, open canoe. Trip begins at 1:00 pm and is expected to last about 3 hours,... unless you confront a group of river invaders along the way! Participants are also welcome to paddle alongside the Voyageur in their own canoes or kayaks, but donations are still encouraged! More info here.

If you are interested in participating in this adventure, please contact Hank Graddy by Wednesday, August 18th or register here! Limit 25 people/day.

Kentucky RiverFestSunday
August 22 from 11 am to 3 pm at Proud Mary's BBQ

Sponsored by Bluegrass Greensource, Lexington Fayette-County Government and Canoe Kentucky, this is your chance to get out on the river and enjoy some good Kentucky barbeque!

Sampling events

KRWW organizes annual sampling events in May, July and September during which our volunteers assess field chemistry and collect water samples for E coli analysis. During the fall sampling event, some samplers are given the opportunity to collect samples for nutrient and/or metals analysis.

2021 Sampling Dates:

  • Friday, May 7 or Saturday, May 8

  • Friday, July 9 or Saturday, July 10

  • Friday, September 10 or Saturday, September 11 - CLICK HERE to REGISTER by Monday, August 23rd

Prior to each sampling event, you will receive an email requesting that you register to indicate your ability to participate. Registrants will receive their sampling instructions and supplies approximately one week prior to the event.

annual conference

KRWW organizes an Annual Conference to provide feedback on the year's sampling results, inform our members about current water issues and topics, and to provide a time for our samplers to interact and network with one another. Our conference is typically held in early February.

The 2021 Virtual Annual Conference was held on Saturday, February 27 from 10 am to noon. Visit our Sampling Results Page to view the Data Summary Presentation and Reports.


  • Updates on Watershed Watch in Kentucky Activities

  • Updates from Kentucky Division of Water

  • Overview of 2020 Sampling Results

  • Volunteer Recognition

  • Preview of Upcoming KRWW Regional Discussions

training Workshops

Phase I Introductory Workshop: Logistics, Field Chemistry and
Grab Sampling

This 3-4 hour introductory training workshop provides participants with an understanding of how the Watershed Watch organization functions and what is involved in participating as a sampler. Specific instruction is provided on assessing certain field chemistry characteristics of water, as well as how to properly collect a “grab sample” for analysis at a certified laboratory.

If you are interested in an in-person training, please contact JoAnn Palmer at It is preferred that in-person training workshops include a minimum of 5 interested samplers. Watershed Watch also offers a combined virtual/in-person training option, which is described here.