Events and Workshops

2018 Training Workshops

Phase I Workshops (Logistics, Field Chemistry and Grab Sampling)
This 3-4 hour introductory training workshop provides participants with an understanding of how the Watershed Watch organization functions and what is involved in participating as a sampler.  Specific instruction is provided on assessing certain field chemistry characteristics of water, as well as how to properly collect a "grab sample" for analysis at a certified laboratory.

  • Sunday, March 18th at 1:00 p.m. - Danville
  • Saturday, March 31 at 9:00 a.m. - Richmond
  • Wednesday, April 4 evening - Lexington

Phase II Workshops (Biological and Habitat Assessment)
This 4-6 hour workshop provides participants with guidance on further understanding the quality of a waterway through examining its ability to support
aquatic life.  Instructors explain a variety of factors that influence aquatic habitat, including in-stream conditions and nearby land use.  Instruction will also be provided on collecting, identifying, and assessing macroinvertebrate populations in a stream with regard to how they serve as indicators of general water quality.  

These workshops are free and open to anyone willing to volunteer as a water quality sampler.  
Pre-Registration is required.  E-mail Joann Palmer at, or call (502)782-7032 or (502)330-1748 to register.

2018 Sampling Events

  • Habitat-Biological Assessments – May 1 - June 30
  • Spring Sampling (for E coli and Field parameters) – Friday, May 11 - Saturday, May 12
  • Summer Sampling (for E coli and Field parameters) – Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14
  • Fall Sampling (for E coli, Metals, Nutrients and Field Parameters) – Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 15 and Monday, September 17

2018 Herrington Lake Sampling Dates (coordinate with NASA-USGS Landsat satellite flyover dates)

May 8th and 24th
June 9th and 25th
July 11th and 27th
August 12th and 28th
September 13th and 29th
October 15th and 31st

Other Events of Interest

Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute Annual Symposium
Monday, March 19th at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort, Lexington
More info here.

Kentucky Water Week
March 18 - 24, 2018 (in conjunction with the UN's World Water Day on March 22)
World Water Day 2018 will focus on "Nature for Water," highlighting the potential of nature-based solutions to water issues. 
Explore the KY Water Week website for more details and for information about a related PHOTO CONTEST!