Salt River Watershed Watch Photos

We would like to compile a library of photos of Salt River Watershed Watch monitoring sites.  If possible, please email photos showing upstream, downstream, left bank and right bank (facing downstream) of your monitoring location to Karen Schaffer.  Please label your photos as upstream, downstream, left bank and right bank.

The photos will help us to better interpret the monitoring results and will be posted to the Resources page.

SRWW Awarded $5,000 Education and Outreach Grant!

posted Sep 7, 2017, 9:59 AM by Karen Schaffer   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 7:50 AM ]

Salt River Watershed Watch was awarded a $5,000 grant from Kentucky Division of Water's Education and Outreach Mini-Grant Program.  The grants fund local educational, outreach and organization activities to improve water quality issues and build capacity for future projects.  The goals of the project are:
1. Highlight the historic, cultural, ecological, and emotional value of Beargrass Creek.  
2. Provide information on urban impervious surfaces and use of best management practices to minimize adverse impacts.
3. Empower 8th grade science teachers to use Beargrass Creek in the study of watersheds.  
4. Encourage student research on water quality in this urban watershed.  
5. Engage the community in a visioning process leading to a cleaner and more accessible Beargrass Creek.

Grant funds and SRWW in-kind services will be used to:
  • Purchase and distribute 100 copies of the documentary - Beargrass - The Creek in Your Backyard - to 8th grade teachers and community groups
  • Purchase 4 water quality test kits for use by teachers and students
  • Provide 4 water quality training classes
  • 10 guided canoe trips
  • Provide mentoring to students for science fair projects
The grant application and other project documents can be downloaded below and project events are on the SRWW Calendar.

For more information on the project and how you can be involved, please contact Russ Barnett (502.852.1851, or David Wicks (502.671.3595,

WDRB Story: Popular Cherokee Park swimming hole teeming with E.coli

posted Oct 28, 2016, 8:47 AM by Karen Schaffer

A WDRB Investigation finds dangerous levels of disgusting Ecoli in a popular swimming area. In this special assignment report, Sterling Riggs reveals what’s in the water at Cherokee Park.  WDRB tested the water in the Middle Fork of Beargrass Creek at Big Rock and found elevated levels of bacteria.  These results are consistent with SRWW special study of water quality at Big Rock and our recent data.  David Wicks was one of the people interviewed for the story.

Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard Film Premiere

posted Sep 21, 2016, 8:10 AM by Karen Schaffer

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Doors open 6:00pm -- Film and Discussion 7:30pm
The Clifton Center Theater -   2117 Payne St, Louisville, KY 40206

Join us at The Clifton Center Theater on October 27th for the premiere of noted filmmaker Morgan Atkinson of Duckworks’ latest documentary: Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard, a film focusing on Louisville’s own Beargrass Creek and the impact that everyone living within its 61 square mile watershed has on the waterway.

This project began as a crowd funded Kickstarter initiative:  The Beargrass Kick Starter Video, and took two years of exploring, filming and editing to complete. Atkinson worked with the Louisville Audubon Society, Metro Council districts eight and nine, MSD, and other individual donors to produce a film that will encourage local neighborhood and community association leaders to take action to protect and restore the creek.

Doors will open at 6:00pm for a public reception preceding the film premiere at 7:30pm. This is an open community event to support the restoration efforts on our creek.  There is a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door, and proceeds will benefit:  Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Beargrass Creek Alliance, and Salt River Watershed Watch, three groups working to restore the Beargrass. Many thanks to Councilmen Tom Owen and Bill Hollander for not only sponsoring this  event, but for their tireless support of cleaning up our creek.

The Louisville Metro Government Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council will celebrate with us in support of community action as a kick-off for the 2016 Sustainability Summit to be held Saturday, October 29th at Bellarmine University.

A trailer for the film can be found here: Beargrass:  The Creek in Your Backyard.  

More information about this event can be found in the Press Release and Flyer available below.  Please help to get the word out by sharing this with family, friends, co-workers and other organizations.  We hope to see you there!

WDRB Story on Floyds Fork, SRWW Interview

posted Jul 18, 2016, 3:48 PM by Karen Schaffer

WDRB's Sterling Riggs did an investigative reporting story on water quality in Floyds Fork.  WDRB tested the water at the 6 canoe launches in the summer of 2015 and found elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria in some samples.  Their results were consistent with the elevated levels of e. coli bacteria we found in August 2015.  The story included an interview with Russ Barnett and Karen Schaffer and a link to the SRWW website is now on WDRB's page.  The story and WDRB sample results are posted to their website.  Thanks to the many people who made the Floyds Fork bacteria study possible!

SRWW Riparian Corridor Enhancement Project

posted Jul 18, 2016, 2:39 PM by Karen Schaffer   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 11:10 AM ]

The Salt River Watershed Watch was recently awarded a generous grant for a project to plant trees, shrubs and grasses in riparian areas to improve water quality.   The SRWW has committed to plant 1000-2000 trees, shrubs, and grasses in riparian areas as a way to improve water quality.   We will focus on Breckinridge, Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, and Shelby Counties where we have the highest concentration of volunteers, but we will consider working anywhere in the basin. The project is designed to raise awareness of the importance of the riparian zone, and the important part it plays in water quality. 

We are looking to you, our faithful volunteers to help in implementing this mini-grant.  Opportunities to participate in the project are open to all SRWW volunteers and include: 
  1. Identifying riparian planting sites
  2. Participating in training
  3. Volunteering for site prep and tree planting
More information will follow via email and be posted to this website.  The grant application is posted below.  Steve Perry, SRWW volunteer is the Project Manager.  Steve can be reached at

UPDATE:  The project was completed in March 2017.  SRWW volunteers and project partners planted 1500 trees, 500 shrubs and 300 grasses/sedges and forbs on 4 sites. Project documents, including the final report are available below.  We are planning to work with project partners to continue this project in the future.

Stantec Donates $1,200 to Salt River Watershed Watch!

posted Apr 1, 2016, 2:51 PM by Karen Schaffer   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 8:21 PM ]

Stantec, a local engineering firm, donated $1,200 to Salt River Watershed Watch.  This generous donation will be used to pay for analysis of samples collected by our volunteers.  Russ Barnett and David Wicks from the Salt River Watershed Watch Steering Committee accepted the donation from Matt Wagoner and George Athanasakes.  Many thanks to Stantec for their support of volunteer water monitoring efforts!

Salt River Watershed Watch 2016 Training

posted Apr 1, 2016, 1:24 PM by Karen Schaffer

Are you interested in learning how to test the water in a stream?  The Salt River Watershed Watch is providing training sessions this spring.  Previous training in science is not required.   

The training consists of about 3 hrs of classroom time, lunch break and about 2 hours of field time.  Volunteers learn about the importance of water monitoring, how to collect samples for laboratory analysis and test water at their monitoring location, how to evaluate the biology and habitat of a stream.  
Free training and water testing kits and materials are provided for all our volunteers!  

Please bring lunch and boots.

2016 training sessions are scheduled as follows:
  • Saturday 4/16/16 9 AM to 3 PM - Oldham County Cooperatve Extension Service, LaGrange, KY
  • Saturday 4/23/16 9 AM to 3 PM - Bernheim Forest Garden Pavilion, Shepherdsville, KY
  • Sunday 5/1/16  11 AM to 5 PM - U of L Shelby Campus, Behrens Hall, Louisville, KY
Registration is required.  To pre-register contact Joann Palmer at 800-928-0045, ext. 4939 or via email 

You can also register on line using your volunteer ID # and basin code SRWW

Salt River Watershed Watch Fundraiser

posted Jun 12, 2014, 5:33 PM by Karen Schaffer   [ updated Apr 2, 2016, 7:12 AM ]

Beargrass Brew – Support Salt River Watershed Watch while enjoying a beer made from the Beargrass Creek Water Filtration System. 

Friday, April 22, 2016 – Earth Day from 5 to 8 pm at Apocalypse Brew Works.  1612 Mellwood Ave. / Louisville, KY 40206 / 502.589.4843

Suggested donation of $10.00 includes 1 beer

See the event flyer below for more information.

Hope to see you there!

2016 Sampling Event Reminders

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:35 PM by Karen Schaffer   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 2:31 PM ]

May 14, 2016—Spring E. Coli bacteria sampling

June 1-30, 2014—Biological and Habitat Assessments

July 9, 2016—Summer E. Coli bacteria sampling

September 10, 2016—Fall Low Flow Nutrient sampling

Sample bottles and mailings are expensive for our group.  In order to use our resources wisely, you will receive a sample bottle only if you register 1 week prior to the sampling event.  Click HERE to register for a SRWW event.  

Please open your sample packet to check the bottle, instructions and pre-printed Chain of Custody form.  Notify Karen Schaffer (502.298.1932 or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the sample packet, need chemicals, have broken equipment, etc.  Note any changes to your contact information on the Chain of Custody form.  

Please contact your Area Coordinator listed in the sample packet to arrange to drop off your sample.  You can also bring your sample directly to the laboratory.  See the instructions in your sample packet for more information.

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