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. More to come: See website for details and directions. 10:00-6:00p.m. KRK paddle, clean up and picnic. KRK will supply the meat and veggies for the grill. Everyone else bring their drinks and a dish to share!
- 12th– High Bridge, Jessamine Co. Details to follow.
- 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.
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.
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.
How clean is your stream? Is it clean enough for fishing, wading, swimming and boating? Kentucky River Watershed Watch is asking for volunteers to help to answer these questions.
Volunteer stream samplers will learn how to conduct water quality surveys on the waterways of the region, through both on-site water chemistry testing and the collection of samples for laboratory analysis
“We want to find volunteers who live close to a stream, or who have some background in science, or who just want to help protect their chosen waterway,” said Ken Cooke, Kentucky River Watershed Watch Chair.
The data collected by the volunteers will guide plans to enhance the streams for uses, such as fishing, swimming, wildlife habitat and drinking water supply. Participants will also be asked to provide direct input to resource management agencies at a community watershed conference to be held in the fall of 2017.
“It is great to see people getting out into the region’s streams, rivers and lakes to directly experience and learn about the health of our invaluable water resources,” said Malissa McAlister, the group’s Data Manager and board member.
Volunteers for the project will be asked to attend a free training workshop in the area in April or May. (See workshop schedule below.)
Volunteers will start their survey work in May, then continue with sample collections in July and September, resulting in findings for pathogens, nutrients, heavy metals and chemical conditions.
The results will be available through an online database and will be discussed at a conference in the fall. Federal, state and local agencies, as well as the public, will be invited to attend the conference to discuss the project’s findings with the volunteers.
Those interested in participating in the project can call 502-782-7032 to sign up, or register on-line at www.krww.org.
“We will need to know a mailing address, how we can reach you by phone and/or e-mail, and what stream or river you are interested in,” said JoAnn Palmer, Volunteer Coordinator for the project. “Great way to learn about the waterways in your area. Bring your waders and be ready to be in the creek at the training!” said Palmer.
There is no charge for participating. Call the phone number, visit http://krww.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions.
- Wednesday, April 5th (evening) – Lexington
- Saturday, April 8th (morning) – Danville
- Wednesday, April 19 (evening) – Beattyville
- Saturday, April 29 (morning) – Richmond
- Other workshops will be added as interest is shown in a particular community.
- Letcher – Alex Beer, Regina Donour – 937-657-5780
- Perry – John Hoppe – 606-439-3911
- Breathitt – Chet Sygiel – 606-666-5552
- Leslie, Clay Angela Muncy – 606-275-5251
- Lee. Owsley – Sandy Gay – 606-560-1865
- Wolf – Tricia Coakley – email@example.com
- Estill, Powell – Jack Stickney – 606-975-2255
- Madison – Alice Jones – 859-622-1424
- Clark – Lanny Evans-859-808-0898
- Fayette – Ken Cooke – 859-940-8234
- Jessamine – Mary Miller – 859-858-9983
- Lincoln – Jane Vanhook – 859-326-1870
- Garrard – Malissa McAlister – 859-324-0845
- Boyle – Rose-Marie Roessler – 859-238-5311
- Mercer – Pamla Wood – 859-351-3142
- Franklin, Owen – Jo Ann Palmer – 502-782-7032
- Scott – Cindy King – 502-316-1619
- Carroll – Bill Osborne – 502-525-0456
- The Kentucky River Authority
- Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute
- Kentucky Geological Survey
- Midway University Biology Department
- Eastern Kentucky University Environmental Research Institute
- The Virginia Environmental Endowment
- Lexington Fayette Urban County Government
- Kentucky Division of Water
Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance – Spring 2017 Conference
Thursday, March 23, 2017
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Gillum’s Sports Lounge Meeting Room, Richmond Mall
830 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY
Proposed Speakers/Presentations: Report on Locks; Environmental Projects & Opportunities; Portages; Spring & Fall River Clean Up; Paddling Events; KY River Water Watch; Estill County Lawsuit; Trail Towns; Explore Kentucky Initiative; Stantec; KY River Water Trail Alliance Website.
Conference Fee: $25.00 which includes refreshments, lunch, printed materials and networking opportunities. Fee payable at door or via PayPal:
Kentucky RIVERKEEPER© Earth Day Golf Scramble 2017
Registration starting at 10:30 am Shotgun start at 12 noon
Help return the Kentucky River to her natural state by joining us for a fun day of golf, food and prizes.
Your participation in and support of the Earth Day Kentucky RIVERKEEPER golf scramble will help us bring a heightened awareness of water quality and pollution issues to our communities and legislators. The Kentucky RIVERKEEPER organization supports the mission of returning the Kentucky River to a drinkable, swimmable, fishable waterway.
Prizes Awarded to: Team Winners, Closest to the Pin (Men & Women), Longest Drive (Men & Women)
Format: Four-Person Scramble with a shotgun start. Use of skirts, mulligans and other advantageous tools available for purchase at registration.
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.
SUIT MAKES SUN SHINE BRIGHTER ON KENTUCKY MINING POLLUTION
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.”