The Kentucky Riverkeeper was founded on the notion that we can find a way to restore the Kentucky River in the next decade by working with citizen coalitions throughout the watershed.

We emphasize:
  • Education: Sponsoring educational forums with a wide variety of constituents ranging from schools and communities to corporate and political leaders.
  • Research/Monitoring: Developing strategies to identify and draw attention to pollution along the Kentucky River, using advanced GIS mapping systems and graphic presentations.
  • Service Learning: Coordinating internships and service-learning opportunities for college students through EKU’s Center for Appalachian Studies.
  • Listening: responding to citizens complaints and providing a space where citizens, landowners and other stakeholders can devise constructive strategies to promote river restoration and maintenance.
  • Advocacy: Serving as the voice and face of the river. The Riverkeeper is a visible and dynamic advocate for renewed efforts to restore and protect the Kentucky River and the communities that depend upon it.

TOGETHER we can restore the Kentucky River by working with citizen coalitions throughout the watershed.

What is the Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance? An evolving group of organizations and stakeholders dedicated to support the development and stewardship of the Kentucky River Water Trail. By creating the Alliance we hope to unify projects and points of interest, improve recreational access to the river, network throughout the watershed, educate communities, and promote stewardship of the Kentucky River.

The Kentucky River Water Trail concept has taken off like wildfire. Throughout the watershed basin counties, individuals and businesses have enthusiastically embraced the proposal of a water trail. Now with the support of Governor Beshear, state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations are stepping up with additional resources to make this project a success. Over the course of the next 3 years, project partners will work together to plan, develop and implement 256 miles of water trail on the Kentucky River from its headwaters to the Ohio River. Projects like this will help Kentucky youth connect with their great outdoors.

The Alliance is a project of the Kentucky Riverkeeper, Inc. in partnership with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), Kentucky River Authority, KY Adventure Tourism, Jessamine County Kentucky River Task Force, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission, Canoe Kentucky, Association of Adventure Paddlesports in Kentucky, kidsGROWkentucky, Inc., and Bluegrass Tomorrow.

The Kentucky RIVERKEEPER® is a 501(c)3 non-profit private corporation.

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