Volunteers Needed for Stream Study [Environment]

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How clean are Kentucky’s streams?  Are they safe to fish, swim and boat in?  The Kentucky Watershed Watch Program is looking for volunteers to help answer these questions. Over 2000 volunteers across the state are currently monitoring and helping protect the water quality of streams in Kentucky.

Project organizers are asking for volunteers interested in helping conduct stream quality sampling in the county.  Volunteers will be trained to conduct biological and chemical tests on water quality.  The free training will be held Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Floyds Fork Wastewater Treatment Plant. No prior experience is necessary.  Water testing kits are provided to teams of volunteers.

Training is free and open to the public.  Interested persons are asked to register on-line or by calling 1-800-928-0045.

The training date and location is:
April 30—Floyds Fork Wastewater Treatment Plant, Myles Park, Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY

The testing program allows citizens, groups, industries, and others to monitor water quality and assist in identifying sources of contamination.   Results are compiled, posted on an Internet site, and shared with the Kentucky Division of Water.

Previous testing has shown that almost one third of the area’s streams are not usable for fishing or swimming.  Most of the streams in the area have elevated nutrient levels that subject streams to algal blooms and low dissolved oxygen levels.  The major sources for stream pollution in the area are urban runoff, storm sewers, failing septic tanks, package treatment plants, construction sediment, and agricultural runoff.

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Contact: Russ Barnett, Salt River Watershed Watch
(502) 852-1851
(502) 418-3896 cell
Fax (502) 852-4677
r.barnett@louisville.edu

 

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