Potential Partners

Partnerships are critical to moving water quality progress forward.  The following is a listing of potential partners that may be helpful in learning more about water quality issues and finding solutions.

Statewide Partners:

Kentucky Water Research Institute (KWRI)
Based at the University of Kentucky,  KWRI's mission is to develop and communicate water-related strategies and tools for Kentucky. The Institute focuses on four main areas - Watershed Management, Water Quality Research, Water and Wastewater Utility Workforce Development, and Community Engagement and Research Translation. KWRI staff have been directly involved with supporting Kentucky Watershed Watch since 1998.

Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA)
KWA is a member-supported nonprofit organization working to protect, restore, and celebrate Kentucky's waterways since 1993. KWA has led watershed planning and management projects and is working to develop a Kentucky Watershed Network that will provide mutual support and increase the collective impact of grassroots efforts.

Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW)
The mission of the Division of Water is to manage, protect, and enhance the quality and quantity of the Commonwealth's water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory, and educational programs.  They oversee regulatory compliance with Clean Water Act programs, monitor waterbodies, develop a biannual Integrated Report to Congress on the Condition of Water Resources in Kentucky, and provide educational assistance.

Kentucky Master Naturalist Volunteer Program
The mission of the KYMN program is to develop a cohort of well-informed volunteers to advance education, research, and outreach efforts dedicated to the conservation and management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Regional Partners:

Bluegrass Greensource

Kentucky Riverkeeper

Agricultural Partners:

Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Partners:

Kentucky Rural Water Association

Area Development Districts

Kentucky Infrastructure Authority

County Health Departments

Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky

Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville

Habitat Improvement and Protection Partners:

Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program

Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands

Kentucky Division of Forestry

Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office

Kentucky Natural Land Trust

Woods and Waters Land Trust