2016 Annual Conference

Join us for the 21st
Kentucky River Watershed Protection Conference
9:00 AM November 12, 2016

500 Newtown Pike Campus
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Lexington, KY

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions 9:30
Who’s who in the watershed, finding out who’s in the room with you and their connection to the watershed.

2016 Sampling Results  10:00
Dr. Lindell Ormsbee and Malissa McAlister, KY Water Resources Research Institute provide an overview and discussion of our 2016 water quality sampling results from across the Kentucky River Basin.

Concurrent Workshops 11:00

1 - Working with Water and Wastewater Plant Managers -  Jack Stickney, KY Rural Water Association with Municipal water plant operators: Water supplies are critical to our communities, water and waste water operators work 24-7 to monitor and protect water supplies.  Learn how to work with these important community resource people.

2 - Finding, Understanding, and Using My Sampling Data - Malissa McAlister, Doug Curl 
This computer lab will involve using the Watershed Watch online data portal to find, manipulate and gain insights in water quality sampling results. Mentors will help you navigate this fascinating and revealing on-line resource (Limited to 20 participants, repeats after lunch)

3 Connecting with Conservation Districts and Extension Councils  Amanda Gumbert UK Extension, Conservation District Representatives Cindy King, Angela Muncy, Sandy Gay will discuss how individuals and community groups can work with local Water Conservation Districts and Extension Councils to expand community participation and educational activities.  Each county in the basin has a Soil and Water Conservation District Board that works on water quality and natural resources conservation.

Lunch: Geographic and Topic-Based Breakout Group Discussions 12:15
Meet with resource managers, researchers, community organizations and fellow volunteers from your part of the watershed to address common issues, strategies and cooperative activities.  This is an important, practical networking opportunity.

Concurrent Workshops 1:30

4– Documenting and Reporting Environmental Incidents - Kevin Sthromeier, ECC Environmental Response Team,  Ken Cooke – Getting the right information to the right people in the right time is essential for getting action on spills, fish kills and other “environmental incidents.   We will discuss how to formulate a report and submit it to the right agencies.

5– Clean Water Act 101 Hank Graddy – Understanding the principles and components of the Clean Water Act and how to apply its rules to protecting your watershed.

6– Sampling Recertification and Supplies Replacement - Joann Palmer  – This chemistry lab recertification offers a reminder of sampling protocols and an opportunity to replenish or replace old equipment and analysis chemicals We will also review new monitoring equipment that’s available to us.  Recertification of KRWW samplers is required every 3 years.  Bring your sampling equipment with you for resupply.

7. Analyzing your data Computer Lab (Repeat from morning session)

Goals and Directions 2017 2:30
Our last session is one of the most important.  This is where we identify specific goals and directions for the organization, elect our leadership and bring forward what you, the volunteer want to see happen in your watershed.


Pre-Registration $15.00 (Deadline Nov. 9)


Walk in/On Site Registration $20.00
Registration Fee Includes conference materials, light breakfast and lunch.
Scholarships are available, upon request.

Consider joining KRWW! (Tax Deductible)

$15 Conference Registration plus Individual Membership of $20

$15 Conference Registration plus annual Household Membership $30.00

You can also Mail checks payable  to: KRWW, INC
PO Box 1248, Frankfort, KY 40602
Or, pre-register via e-mail to joann.palmer@ky.gov
or by calling 502-782-7032

Conference Location

500 Newtown Pike Campus
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Lexington, KY