Calendar of Events

Water Events

Our partner organizations and local watershed groups often hold water-related celebrations, recreational outings, or community service projects. Please check your basin-specific website to find out about events in your area.

Watershed Watch in KY Fund Raiser! - Voyageur Boat Paddling Outing on the KY River
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aturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Clifton Boat Ramp, 15 Clifton Road, Versailles KY.

Reserve your seat today if you want to join us on this amazing adventure. We had a great time in 2017, 2018 and 2019, but then Covid hit and it put a damper on this fun opportunity. If you want to join us OR become a sponsor please click here to register.

COMMONWEALTH SPONSOR - Businesses, Organizations and Individuals are invited to become a Commonwealth Sponsor and this will reserve two seats on the Voyager for $250.

CLEAN WATER ACT SUPPORTER - You can be a CWA supporter for $50 and this will reserve one seat on the Voyager OR you are invited to float with us in your own canoe or kayak.

WATERSHED WATCH PADDLER - You are welcome to join us in this celebration for $20 and have a seat on the Voyager if available. If not you are invited to float with us in your own kayak or canoe.

You can fill out the registration form and mail it along with your check made out to WWKY. Mail to WWKY, P.O. Box 1245, Frankfort KY 40602. OR you can pay online below.

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.

sampling events

Watershed Watch organizes annual sampling events in May, July and September during which our volunteers assess field chemistry and collect water samples for E coli 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.

Training Workshops

Phase I Training - This 2 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.

  • Big Sandy Watershed Watch - April 9, 2022 from 12 to 5 pm at Panther State Forest, WV
    Contact biglaureldirector@gmail.com if your are interested in participating.

  • Salt River Watershed Watch - March 29th, April 3 and April 9 2022
    Contact beccatruemanky@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

  • Four Rivers Watershed Watch - May 5, 2022
    Contact rhonda.lamb@murraystate.edu if you are interested in participating.'

  • Kentucky River Watershed Watch - April 30, 2022 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Register here.

Phase II Training - This 4-5 hour workshop provides participants with guidance on further understanding the quality of a waterway through examining its ability to support aquatic life. Instructors explain a variety of factors that influence aquatic habitat, including in-stream conditions and nearby land use. Instruction will also be provided on collecting, identifying, and assessing macroinvertebrate populations in a stream with regard to how they serve as indicators of general water quality.


Basin Conferences

Each year, our basin groups hold annual conferences 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. These conferences are typically held in the late fall or winter.

February 16, 2022 - Big Sandy River Watershed Watch Virtual Conference
Email
michaela.lambert@ky.gov if you are interested in participating.

Thursday February 24, 2022 - Salt River Watershed Watch Virtual Conference
Register at www.bit.ly/SRWW2022

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - Green River Watershed Watch Virtual Conference
6:30 Central / 7:30 pm Eastern
Email philip.lienesch@wku.edu if you are interested in participating.

Saturday, March 26, 2022 - Kentucky River Watershed Watch Virtual Conference
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Please email joann.palmer@ky.gov if you would like to participate.

Thursday, April 5, 2022 - Upper Cumberland Watershed Watch Virtual Conference
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Please email kelly.johnson@kctcs.edu if you are interested in participating.