Approximately 70 samplers and water enthusiasts attended the 2019 Annual Conference to hear about the 2018 sampling results and learn about important water quality issues. The data summary presentation, annual report and a summary of 2018 results are now posted on our Results page. Congratulations to Jack Stickney of the Red River Watershed for being selected as KRWW's Volunteer of the Year!
9:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:00 Updates from the Kentucky River Authority, David Hamilton, Executive Director
10:15 2018 Sampling Results, Malissa McAlister, Kentucky River Basin Coordinator
11:00 Concurrent Workshops
Protecting Your Drinking Water Source - Jack Stickney, Kentucky Rural Water Association and Rob Blair, Kentucky Division of Water
All municipal drinking water providers are required to develop "source water protection" plans that outline potential water quality threats. These plans and the interest of your community in preserving safe drinking water supplies can serve as a valuable tool for collaboration for better water quality.
Introduction to Stream Buffer Improvement – Amanda Gumbert, UK Cooperative Extension
The trees, shrubs and plants in stream buffers (aka riparian buffers) offer a wide range of water quality protections. This class will serve as an intro to ways that you and your community can spread the word and create beautiful buffers!
Sampler Recertification – JoAnn Palmer, Kentucky Division of Water
All of our samplers are required to participate in this short refresher course every 3 years to remain qualified to sample. Your sampling kits will also be restocked, if needed.
Finding Information about Pollutant Dischargers in Your Area Using EPA’s ECHO Data Portal – Steve Evans, Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute
This workshop will explain how “point source” dischargers are permitted for piped discharges to Kentucky waterways, how to find these permit details, and how to track whether or not the permit criteria are being met.
12:00 Lunch & Geographic Breakout Group Discussions
Watershed Watch in Kentucky Activities
Focused Sampling Offering
Ways to Help Strengthen KRWW
2018 Volunteer of the Year Award
1:30 Concurrent Workshops
- Protecting Your Drinking Water Source
- Introduction to Stream Buffer Enhancement
- Sampler Recertification
- Finding Information about Pollution Dischargers
2:30 Goals and Directions for 2019
Open discussion with KRWW members about organizational needs and concerns.