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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Water

Division of Water
Water Quality Monitoring Projects

Kentucky Water Watch basic stream monitoring includes biological and chemical monitoring as well as lake monitoring, video and photographic monitoring.

Kentucky Water Watch Basic Stream Monitoring

Training and field guides are available for groups wishing to become traditional water watchers who monitor for water pollution problems and environmental violations. A basic training program covering biological monitoring, visual assessment and an introduction into chemical testing, recording and reporting procedures is available to groups of interested individuals.

Lake Monitoring Project

Volunteers are encouraged to conduct water clarity, phosphate, pH and sediment studies on Kentucky lakes. Sampling is conducted between May and October with a focus on priority lakes established in the Division of Waters 305(b) reports to Congress.

Video and Photographic Monitoring Projects

Anyone with adequate skills and with access to video equipment or a digital or 35mm camera can assist with visual surveys of local streams, lakes and wetlands. These surveys are designed to:

  • document unique natural areas and scenic spots along local water ways.
  • document human impacts on streams, positive as well as negative.
  • document the group's activities protecting local water resources.
  • be used in community school-based and adult educational programs.

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