Watershed Watch News

In Memoriam

                      Watershed Watch mourns the loss of David Gabbard, 
                             a leader, volunteer, and tireless advocate, 
                                         who died on April 4, 2013.    

                                        Read this tribute by Hank Graddy.


In The News
  • See the Fall 2012 issue of Land, Air & Water for an article about WWKY's updated volunteer training materials and water quality monitoring protocols.

Report of Watershed Watch Board January through June 2012

By Blaine Early

From January to June the Board of Directors of WWKY met twice.  First, on January 14, 2012, the Board met at the Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History in Owensboro, Kentucky.  After some brief announcements, the Board's first action was to identify the basin representatives and to elect officers. Invited guest, Pete Conrad of the Green River Area Development District, spoke at the January meeting about the district's efforts to assist Owensboro with its combined sewer overflows. The Board met again on March 24, 2012, at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky, where the board meeting was preceded by a presentation by Salt River Watershed Watch representative, Russ Barnett, who spoke about the initiatives that the University of Louisville has undertaken to address stormwater issues that caused millions of dollars of damage due to recent high rainfall.

The Section 319 Grant

WWKY has received a generous grant awarded by the Kentucky Division of Water with funds provided by EPA through a program under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.  Thanks to this 319 Grant all of the training materials for Watershed Watch were updated and made more consistent with the accepted protocols and standard operating procedures. During the January board meeting WWKY addressed several administrative matters related to implementing the grant.  These matters included establishing purchasing policies, checking accounts, and confirming tax ID numbers. The Board made decisions on the procedures to be used to document time invested by volunteers to ensure that there is appropriate credit given, but no duplication, for time invested for the 319 grant versus other commitments such as the VEE grant.

The Board discussed the progress of development of the training materials, implementation of the train-the-trainer sessions, and certification of trainers and volunteers. Throughout the planning for the 319 grant, WWKY has renewed its commitment to the important relationship of thorough training to reliable and useful data.

Green Infrastructure

WWKY continues to build its knowledge base about green infrastructure. Special guests and presentations such as Pete Conrad, from the Green River Area Development District, and Russ Barnett, from the University of Louisville, continued to provide useful information about specific projects underway or being

planned in Kentucky.  Special guests, Rebecca Hammer, NRDC, and Gayle Killam, River Network, contributed their insights to general WWKY discussions as well as participating in the green infrastructure component of the VEE grant.

After months of consideration and discussion of project components and evaluation of possible contractors, the Board decided to award a contract to the team of Hank Graddy, Randy Strobo, and Andrew Stoeckinger for drafting the State of the Art Green Infrastructure Plan. The Board's intent in developing the Plan is to make it most useful for WWKY volunteers to not only learn about green infrastructure but to have a resource that will help the volunteers implement the techniques in their own communities.


WWKY releases 
For Stormwater & Wet Weather Sewage Management
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Old News

March 24, 2012
Board meets at the University of Louisville.  Salt River representative Russ Barnett gives presentation about stormwater management projects undertaken by the University of Louisville.  Representatives of River Network and Natural Resources Defense Council participate in planning for Green Infrastructure outreach programs.

January 14, 2012
Board meets at the Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History.  

October 21 and 22, 2011
Board members revisit the Turkeyfoot Middle School in Edgewood, Kentucky, to see updates on green infrastructure installations, energy efficient design, and solar-generated electrical systems.

August 26 and 27, 2011
WWKY holds panel discussion on green infrastructure developments in Lexington, Kentucky, and tours the energy efficient, green infrastructure components of the University of Kentucky's Chandler Medical Center.

August 2011
Kentucky Division of Water notifies WWKY that it has been selected to receive a grant under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to update training materials and to re-train all trainers and volunteers for water quality monitoring, including field chemistry, grab samples, and biological and habitat assessment.

January 2011
Big Sandy River Watershed Watch is re-invigorated.  Nina McCoy leads the group as it continues to advance water quality in the basin.

August 13, 2010
Watershed Watch in Kentucky representatives met with the Louisville MSD representatives to review Green Infrastructure projects in Louisville, and toured existing Green Infrastructure facilities in Louisville, including a Green Roof, a Green Building and Porous Pavement. 

July 2010
Six of our eight Local Basins collected over 500 synoptic water sample to b e analyzed for pathogens during July, 2010, with many volunteers re-sampling those site with elevated e coli results. 

January 23 and April 13, 2010
Watershed Watch in Kentucky and NRDC representatives met with Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky to review Green Infrastructure projects in Northern Kentucky

October 6, 2009
Watershed Watch in Kentucky and NRDC awarded $`100,000 from Virginia Environmental Endowment to improve Green Infrastructure programs across Kentucky and to support OHIO RIVER ACTION 

July 11, 2009
Watershed Watch in Kentucky volunteers work with ORSANCO to collect water monitoring samples from 44 Kentucky tributaries into the Ohio River as part of OHIO RIVER ACTION 2009.  


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