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Tradewater/Lower Green Watershed Watch

The Tradewater/Lower Green Watershed Watch has been sampling waterways in Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Todd, Union and Webster counties since 2000. There are more than 90,000 miles of waterways in Kentucky and the Division of Water is looking for citizens who are interested in sampling for water quality. The training is free and the equipment is "loaned" to you for as long as you are in the program. You will be trained on how to take a grab sample and perform basic field chemistry for dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and conductivity. You will also be trained on how to perform habitat, physical and biological stream assessments. If you are interested in becoming a watershed watch volunteer, you may register online at  or by calling 1-800-928-0045. 


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“Life Below the Waterline” 

Division of Water (DOW) staff and volunteers participated in Owensboro’s Ohio River Expo held in October at English Park. The goal of the event, sponsored by the Owensboro Science and History Museum, is to make the public – and especially young people – aware of the importance of the Ohio River and the aquatic life it supports. A main attraction was a visit from “Life Below the Waterline,” a traveling aquarium exhibit owned by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and used to demonstrate the diversity of life in the river as well as the improvements being made in water quality. The 2,200-gallon mobile aquarium has two 5-by-10-foot viewing areas and is stocked with fish commonly found in the Ohio River. Environmental education activities are geared toward children, and participants learn about river flora and fauna, water testing and the elements of healthy water.

Kathy Olsen, executive director of the Owensboro Science and History Museum, said the aquarium allows children to get up close and personal with river life. "It's unbelievable the wildlife you see, the fish you see out of the river right here," said Olson. "You don't get to look up eye-to-eye with the fish, some of these big fish that come out of our river, everyday. When you look at these fish eye-to-eye, it's a good reminder that there is a lot of life going on underneath that river that we don't see."

Joann Palmer, a member of the DOW Watershed Management Section, dressed as the DOW mascot Ollie the Otter to encourage school children to learn more about how they can protect Kentucky’s water resources. Water Sentinel volunteer Sandra Durham explained river life to school children who visited the ORSANCO exhibit. 

Samantha Durham teaching kids about dissolved oxygen in water Joann Palmer from DOW teaches children with the aid of the enviroscape School children learn about life below the waterline aquarium Big fish at Life Below the Waterline

Samantha Durham teaching about dissolved oxygen in water

 Joann Palmer teaching with the enviroscape

 Children learn about life below the waterline

 Life Below the Waterline Aquarium

 Big Fish at Life Below the Waterline

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