Alan Banks

Lexington Friendraiser at Twisted Cork, Nov. 10, 2017

Please join us for an evening of fun to support the many projects of the Kentucky RIVERKEEPER.

  • There will be plenty of home-cooked food
  • Conversations with Kentucky writer Gurney Norman as he recalls some of his most memorable times on the Kentucky River
  • Raffle items including prints by watercolor artist Pat Banks, themed baskets by Roberta Hounshell, books from Old Cove Press, and
  • Music from Dan Pence and Josh Butcher.

For more information about the event or your interest in being an event sponsor, contact Pat Banks at 859 200-7442. Contributions to support projects of the Kentucky Riverkeeper can be sent to PO Box, 1296, Richmond, KY 40476.  The Kentucky Riverkeeper is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.


2017 Kentucky River Blast at First Vineyard

Please join us for a fun evening of

  • really Fun music-including Conch Republic and other great performers,
  • raffle of art work, kayaks and other river friendly items,
  • great outdoor setting in the vineyard and
  • fireworks!

Bring a picnic or dine from the food trucks. Bring your folding chairs and or a blanket.

You will also be supporting the Kentucky Riverkeeper. Bluegrass Tomorrow and Projects at lock 7! Please share this with friends!!!! It only costs $5.00 per person to get in!!!!!!!!!!!

2017 Kentucky RIVERKEEPER Paddles, Picnics, Clean-ups, and other events

2017 KRK Paddles, Picnics, Clean-Ups

and Other Events on the Kentucky River

Please check our website for updates!


  • 30th– Irvine- Mushroom Festival- the Speedy Spoor Run- (Need contact info and destination so people can find the launch site!)


  • 21st– Beattyville from 2-5. – KRK-  clean up and paddle.


  • 25th-KRK Paddle Under the Bridge, Rader’s Restaurant, Irvine KY. Lunch at noon then paddle and clean up 1pm-5:00p.m, launch and park at Rader’s.


  • 30th-The Red River all day paddle launching from Jack Stickney’s farm, then ending up at the Convergence of the Red and the Ky.


  • 26th – River Blast at First Vineyard, 6 – 10 pm, music by Conch Republic, $5 per person
  • 27th-KRK Dusk to Moonlight Paddle at Hall’s Resturant. Paddle and clean up: 5:00pm-early dinner on Hall’s deck.  Paddle till 9:00pm then have a bonfire in Hall’s river parking lot with music!


  • 24th -2pm-5:00pm, Gratz.  Meet and park at the public launch behind the New’s Restaurant and Grocery.   Check the website for details!


  • 22nd-launch approx. 1:00pm from Proud Mary’s Restaurant under the Clay’s Ferry Bridge. We’ll visit Boone Creek and have dinner at Proud Mary’s.


Golden Corral supports Kentucky Riverkeeper Earth Day Scramble

The Kentucky RIVERKEEPER  Earthday Golf Scramble, held at Boone’s Trace National Golf Course, was a huge success! Many thanks to our sponsors, players and sustaining friends. Among those friends are Mr. Bruce McIntosh owner and Ms. Susan Ratliff manager of Golden Corral restaurant.  Here, they present a tournament sponsor check to Kentucky Riverkeeper, Pat Banks and Treasurer, Laura Melius in front of the Richmond Location. The support of the Golden Corral for the Kentucky Riverkeeper is a reflection of Mr. McIntosh’s commitment to the local Richmond community.

Gates Auto Group supports Kentucky Riverkeeper

To celebrate Earth Day 2017, the Gates Auto Family chose to support the Kentucky RIVERKEEPER, a 501(c)3 non-profit, in their clean water efforts and building of the Kentucky River Water Trail!  Steve Gates presented the Earth Day check to Dr. Alan Banks and Pat Banks at the Toyota South showroom.  Toyota has build a strong reputation of clean water practice as a company and continues to lead the industry in best management practices.  Pat said that “many of our creeks and streams are impacted with pathogens, litter and other pollutants.  Please do your part to keep our waters clean for you and next generations.”  For those who would like to help, the 2017 all river clean-up, RIVERSWEEP, is June 17th.  The two closest stations for Madison countians are Bonnesboro Beach and under the bridge in Irvine.  Come as you are or bring your own boats, including kayaks and canoes.

Unveiling of Kentucky RIVERKEEPER wall mural!

Another Kentucky RIVERKEEPER wall mural was unveiled at the

PADDY WAGON IRISH PUB in November 2016

A special River Cocktail designed by Cody was served at the occasion.


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Dinner at Jordon Hill Farm

Kentucky Riverkeeper prepared a feast at the gorgeous Jordon Hill Farm for the guest of Craig and Terri Williams.  Craig is a local activist with the Kentucky Environmental Foundation and longtime supporter of the Kentucky Riverkeeper.  He is also the winner of the 2006 Goldman Prize.  The views, deck and weather couldn’t have been better.  Yea to a wonderful evening for all!

Thanks Craig, Terri and your excellent friends.


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From: Waterkeeper Magazine Volume 11, Issue 2
By Waterkeeper Alliance Attorney Pete Harrison

Waterkeeper Alliance and Kentucky Riverkeeper joined a coalition of

citizens’ groups in filing a federal lawsuit against Frasure Creek Mining,

LLC, for submitting to the State of Kentucky more than 100 false waterpollution-

monitoring reports on its coalmines in the state. These reports

are intended to ensure that companies stay within the permitted limits

for pollutants, but Frasure Creek reports hid nearly 20,000 violations of

the federal Clean Water Act. The violations carry a maximum penalty of

more than $700 million.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet share culpability

with the company, having failed for years to take action against mounting

violations, which occurred at mountaintop-removal coal mines in Floyd,

Magoffin, Pike and Knott counties in eastern Kentucky.

“Self-reported data are the backbone of Clean Water Act

enforcement,” says Alice Howell, of the Sierra Club’s Cumberland

(Kentucky) Chapter. “When companies like Frasure Creek submit false

data it completely undermines all the protections we have in place to

make sure our water is safe.”

Frasure Creek, once Kentucky’s largest producer of coal from

mountain-top-removal mining, is a subsidiary of Essar Group, a multibillion-

dollar international corporation based in India.

“By all indications, this case looks like the biggest criminal

conspiracy to violate the federal Clean Water Act in the history of that

law,” says Waterkeeper Alliance attorney Pete Harrison. The coalition also

includes Appalachian Voices, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, and

the Sierra Club.

Frasure Creek has long been guilty of false reporting. Almost five

years ago, citizens’ groups uncovered falsified pollution reports that

led to two cases against the company, which have yet to be resolved. In

both cases, the cabinet reached slap-on-the-wrist settlements with the

company, pre-empting citizen involvement. After a Kentucky judge threw

out those settlements last December, the cabinet appealed the ruling.

That case continues. Meanwhile, in January, the cabinet initiated action

against the company. The citizens’ groups have filed to intervene in that

action to ensure that the State of Kentucky appropriately enforces the law.

“Our state officials have turned a blind eye to what is obviously a

serious problem,” says Ted Withrow, a member of Kentuckians for the

Commonwealth and retired Big Sandy River Basin coordinator for the

Kentucky Division of Water. “False reporting is widespread within the coal

industry, but state regulators have little incentive to identify problems like

these when there are false reports that make everything look great.”

Kentucky Riverkeeper Pat Banks adds that, as coal production

declines in the state, “we need to be more diligent than ever to make

sure companies can’t cut corners at the expense of local residents and

the environment. We need healthy people and a healthy environment for

eastern Kentucky to be able to flourish.

“Coal jobs may be leaving the state, but they’re leaving behind the

industry’s legacy of environmental damage for us to clean up.”

Earth Day Golf Scramble 2016

Golf BallKentucky RIVERKEEPER© 2016 Earth Day Golf Scramble

Thanks to all our sponsors and players for a great event…


Golden Corral of Richmond, Ky


Tournament Underwriter


Beverage Cart Sponsor:

   Kort Physical Therapy

Hole Sponsors:

   Baldwin Farms
   Bluegrass Tomorrow
   C-4 Events
   Citizens Guaranty Bank
   Cumberland Valley National Bank
   Davis Law, PSC
   Dr. Steve Mattingly, DMD
   Gates’s Honda
   Jennings Home Center
   Kaylor’s Marine Services
   Kentucky Environmental Foundation
   Madison County Ford
   Marc Robbins
   Pat Banks Watercolors
   Soft Show Inc.
   Spurlin Mobile Home Park
   The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub
Toyota South

   Waterkeeper Alliance

Cart Sponsors:

   C-4 Events
   Stantec Environmental Services
   Whitaker-Vencill Insurance Agency
   William Morgan, DMD

Gifts/Awards Provided By:

The University Club at Arlington
Boone’s Trace National Golf Course
Gibson Bay Golf Course
Southwind Golf Course
Bechtel Parsons
Hinkle Block & Masonry
Kaylor’s Marine Services
Studio J Salon Spa & Boutique

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