This report was published in August 2000. The assessment report and watershed rankings reflect data
compiled during the watershed management cycle to date (1997-2000). Data
assessments are those of the Report to Congress for the year 2000 and
reflect data collected by state agencies during 1998-1999. Volunteer data
are for sampling during spring and summer 1999. Other datasets are the
most current available, compiled for various periods of time.
The Kentucky Watershed Management Framework is a means to protect human
health and the health of the watershed ecosystems on which we depend. Objectives
of the framework include enhancing cooperation between government agencies,
developing stronger partnerships of state and local governments and other
groups, and encouraging citizen participation in watershed management. This
report plays a pivotal role in the watershed process.
In brief, state agencies achieve greater efficiency and maximize the
effectiveness of limited resources by organizing monitoring activities by river
basin and by focusing their work on one basin each year (Assessment). Meanwhile,
the Basin Coordinator and Basin Team compile data and obtain input from
stakeholders--citizens, local government, companies, and other organizations--to
promote local decision-making and long-term planning.
The Basin Team encourages local stakeholder groups to form Watershed Task
Forces. Organizing these local planning groups around natural units of flow--the
watershed--allows a comprehensive approach so that the solution to one problem
does not create other problems. This report is one of the principal way
that information compiled at the state and basin levels during is provided to
local Watershed Task Forces for use in planning. The Basin Team also provides
technical support for plan development and implementation as needed.
Under the watershed framework, state agencies focus data collection, in turn,
on the Kentucky River Basin and four other watershed management units over the
course of a repeated five-year, five-phase cycle. The timetable for Kentucky
River Basin activities runs from July 1 to June 30, as follows: