The Kentucky River Watershed Watch (KRWW) organization is a non-profit (501c3) organization that was formed in 1997 to support a citizen monitoring effort, and improve and protect water quality by raising community awareness and supporting implementation of the goals of the Clean Water Act and other water quality initiatives in the Kentucky River Basin. KRWW was formed through the cooperation of the Sierra Club, the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, and the Division of Water's Water Watch program.
Since 1997, KRWW has grown to include approximately 250 volunteers living throughout the Kentucky River Basin.The Kentucky River Basin extends over much of the central and eastern portions of the state and is home to approximately 710,000 Kentuckians. The watershed includes all or parts of 42 counties and drains over 7,000 square miles, with a tributary network of more than 15,000 miles.The KRWW organization is also affiliated with a larger organization, the Watershed Watch in Kentucky (WWKY), which includes similar organizations from eight different watershed basins in the state.
KRWW organizers have trained approximately 900 citizens on the proper techniques for collecting water samples, assessing aquatic habitat and macroinvertebrate presence, and identifying potential causes and sources of water pollution.Some KRWW volunteers have applied sampling results toward their development of Citizen Action Plans, which interpret localized water quality findings and make subsequent recommendations for improving and/or protecting water quality.Other volunteers have simply used their sampling experience and findings to help educate others in their communities.
The majority of KRWW's activities, including training workshops, field test kits, mailings and sample analysis are made possible through grant funding. Volunteers throughout the organization conduct all other KRWW operations. KRWW operates on an annual cycle which includes an Annual Watershed Protection Conference in January, training workshops in the late winter/early spring, four synoptic sampling events (May, July/August, and September) and an annual picnic in late summer.