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.

2022 Sampling Dates:

  • Friday, May 13 or Saturday, May 14

  • Friday, July 8 or Saturday, July 9

  • Friday, September 9 or Saturday, September 10

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.

Other Events

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.

Kentucky River Water Trail Conference: Partner Connections and Networks
Thursday, June 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Lock 12, Ravenna , KY
Sponsored by the Kentucky Riverkeeper. Sign up by contacting

Kentucky River Sweep Cleanup Event
Saturday, June 18 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Pool 9 of the Kentucky River at Clays Ferry Boat Dock

Kentucky Riverfest & KRWW Volunteer Appreciation Event
Sunday, July 10 from 9 am to 12 pm
Proud Mary's, 9079 Old Richmond Road, Lexington
Join us at the KRWW Appreciation Tent for a thank-you gift, then enjoy paddling on the Kentucky River, treats from a breakfast food truck, and meeting fellow samplers and other water enthusiasts.

Water for Life Event
Sunday, July 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Road, Lexington
The goal of the event is to promote the significance of water in our local community. Both children and adults will glean new understandings of our water system by tasting, touching, and experiencing all things water.

Paddle for a Purpose, Six Sundays on the Kentucky River
Sunday, September 25 through Sunday, October 30

Guided, pre-planned group paddling events will occur on six different stretches of the Kentucky River, from Frankfort to Carrollton. Canoes and all necessary equipment will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Further details will be posted as they are available.
Sponsored by
Wood & Waters Land Trust and Canoe Kentucky as a fundraiser for Wood & Waters Land Trust.

Also, be on the lookout for a 2022 Event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act!

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.

2022 Annual Conference

Saturday, March 26th, 10:00 am to noon


We are not charging a conference fee this year, but contributions to help support Kentucky River Watershed Watch's sampling activities are greatly appreciated. See Donate button to the left, or checks can be mailed to KRWW, P.O. Box 1248, Frankfort, KY 40602.

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.

Upcoming Training -

Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Vaughn Branch Nature Preserve, Frankfort
Register here if you are interested in attending.

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.