Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)


WDSA History Project Interview Dr. Lindell Ormsbee here (entire interviews YouTube access below)

click to see Water Distribution Systems Analysis History Project


KRCEE Project Videos

From 2003 to 2009, the KWRRI provided administrative support and served as the home for the Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment. In 2010, the KRCEE was moved to the Center for Applied Energy Research. The primary focus of the KRCEE has been to assist in providing technical support in helping to resolved non-consensus issues associated with the cleanup of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. As part of this effort, the KWRRI was involved in several research projects. One of those projects involved the development of two videos that provide a history of the PGDP along with a discussion of ongoing cleanup activities and potential future uses of the facility. These videos are provided here.





UK College of Design project

In addition to these two historical videos, the KWRRI was also involved in another KRCEE project that involved the UK College of Design. This project involved design students who looked at innovative ways to visualize data and future landuse scenarios. A video summarizing the project is provided here.




Virtual Observatory Ecological Informatics System (VOEIS) Outreach Project

A collaborative project between Kentucky and Montana, and partners from industry and the public sector, that will develop integrated water quality sensors and an ecological informatics system by creating an updated cyber infrastructure has been funded by the National Science Foundation. The consortium is composed of faculty, scientists and students at Hancock Biological Station (KY), Flathead Lake Biological Station (MT), the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Murray State University, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Montana, and Montana State University. The total effort, denoted as the Virtual Observatory and Ecological Information System (VOEIS), will provide a resource to enhance the environmental expertise in both states and serve as a "test-bed" for similar approaches to be used by other states across the nation.

Outreach and Education

Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) and the University of Kentucky Robinson Scholars Program (RSP) partnered to educate high school students about water quality issues and emerging science and technology goals for future scientist. From this partnership, the Water Pioneers Program emerged. The Water Pioneers program targets impaired watersheds and emerging science through engagement with college-bound high school students who reside in impacted areas. Water Pioneers students participate both to raise awareness of water quality challenges and to implement programs designed to directly impact water quality. Students are engaged in future direction of research for water quality and other science and technology fields. Water Pioneers interact with real world scientist to investigate current problems in within a watershed which include environment, social, and economic considerations. Over the last three years, KWRRI provided programming for 150 eastern Kentucky students with addition educational opportunities including the Montana Water Summit.


Here you can find info about and listen to our future podcasts when they become available here


Here you can view presentations when available here.

Books recommended to read

"Kentucky River" by David Dick

"5 Lives of the Kentucky River" by William Grier


KET Documentary The Licking River-Northeastern, Kentucky