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Citizen Action Plan

The KRWW encourages local watershed groups to submit Citizen Action Plans, or CAPs. These plans serve as a tool to turn water quality data into action by providing guidance for appropriate and effective efforts to improve the water quality of a particular stream or watershed. After making an assessment of the needs of the watershed, volunteer monitors identify action that they will take to address the watershed needs.

The standard format of a KRWW CAP includes four main components:

Part I: Environmental and Cultural History

Consists of a description of the selected watershed, identified by name and 11-digit HUC, as is described in the Kentucky River Basin Assessment Report (KWRI, 2000).

Part II: Citizen/Scientific Examination

Assembles the data that the KRWW project has gathered about that watershed for all years available.

Part III: Assessment

Provides volunteer-developed conclusions based on the data. Is the watershed healthy, or does it seem to have problems?

Part IV: Action Items

Outlines potential ways to turn the data into action. (Nine suggested action items are provided to assist volunteers in developing these action items, ranging from meeting with local officials to review the data, to recruiting more volunteers, to doing more sampling.) Once CAPs are completed by a local group, they are submitted to the KRWW Steering Committee for review and approval. To date, CAPs have been developed for:

Using Your Results
Citizen Action Plan
KRA Grant Programs
Watershed Planning Guidebook for Kentucky Communities
Potential Funding Resources
Board of Directors

Scientific Advisor
Dr. Lindell Ormsbee

Data Manager
Malissa McAlister

Board Members
Ken Cooke
Don Dampier
David Gabbard
John Delfino
Hank Graddy
Cindy King
Malissa McAlister
Mary Miller
Bethany Overfield
JoAnn Palmer
Mary Beth Robson
John Webb
Pamla Wood

 
 
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