Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)

Malissa McAlister

Malissa McAlister

Kentucky River Basin Coordinator

Telephone: 859-257-1299
Fax: 859-323-1049
E-mail: Malissa McAlister

233 Mining & Mineral Resources Bldg.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0107


M.S. in Environmental Science, Indiana University, 1996
B.A. in Biology, Centre College, 1993

Professional Employment

2002 - Current: Kentucky River Basin Coordinator - Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute/Kentucky River Authority
1998 - 2002: Environmental Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments
1996 - 1998: Environmental Scientist, Kentucky Division of Water

Research Interest and Expertise

Malissa McAlister is the Kentucky River Basin Coordinator with Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI), through a grant agreement with the Kentucky River Authority. As a partner in the Kentucky Watershed Management Framework Initiative and as the lead agency in the Kentucky River Basin, the Kentucky River Authority has accepted the responsibility to help coordinate watershed management activities within the basin. Since 1999, these responsibilities have been met through a subcontract with the Kentucky Water Research Institute at the University of Kentucky. The ultimate objective of this process is to improve and protect the water quantity/quality resources of the basin through the development and implementation of site-specific management plans tailored to local stakeholder interests, resources and needs.


In her current role as Kentucky River Basin Coordinator, Ms. McAlister is responsible for the coordination of several watershed projects within the Kentucky River Basin, including:

  • Data management and analysis for the Kentucky River Watershed Watch program
  • Assisting watershed organizations in developing plans, grant writing, etc.
  • Coordination of the Kentucky River Authority's Watershed Grant Program
  • Acting as a liaison to the Kentucky Division of Water in the implementation of watershed activities within the Kentucky River Basin


Malissa's previous professional experience with the Council of State Governments included serving as the project coordinator for various EPA-funded projects with the states, staffing a national Environmental Task Force, and editing an environmental publication (ecos, or environmental communique of the states).