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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.

Be a Water Watch Volunteer

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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 kywwp@igc.org, if you have questions.

Workshop Schedule:

  • 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.

Local Community Contacts: 
The following individuals can be contacted in your local community for more information about participating in Watershed Watch.

  • 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 – tricia.coakley@gmail.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
Kentucky River Watershed Watch is supported by:
  • 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

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Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance – Spring 2017 Conference

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.

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  Conference Fee: $25.00 which includes refreshments, lunch, printed materials and networking opportunities. Fee payable at door or via PayPal:

Printable Registration Flyer

Earth Day Golf Scramble 2017

Kentucky RIVERKEEPER© Earth Day Golf Scramble 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 At Boone’s Trace National Golf ClubGolf Ball

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.

Tournament Underwriters: 


Golden Corral of Richmond, Ky



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.

Player Registration             

Printable Player Registration Form

Pay Player Entry-fee via PayPal


Sponsorship Opportunities      

Printable Sponsorship Flyer

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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