Do you want to support community science? FRWW is grateful for your donation of any amount!
Donate to FRWW through the Jackson Purchase Foundation PayPal using the link on the left. Ensure your donation is earmarked for FRWW by leaving a note on the PayPal donation page (for example, "Watershed Watch" or "FRWW").
If you prefer, you can also donate by mailing a check to the address listed at the bottom of this page.
Why support FRWW?
FRWW is an volunteer organization.
We are a volunteer-led organization that was established in 1999 as part of the Jackson Purchase Foundation. Our main activities are water quality sampling, outreach and education, and promoting local water improvements.
All donations will be put toward sampling supplies, laboratory assessment fees, and FRWW's annual conference.
Approximately 50 sites throughout the Four Rivers Basin are currently monitored three times per year, extending the reach and resources of Kentucky's natural resource agencies.
Since 1999, we have trained over 500 volunteer samplers to test water quality in streams, springs, rivers, and lakes using FRWW test kits and sampling protocols.
FRWW samplers are informed community members who are able to detect changes and possible impacts to the health of waterways throughout the Four Rivers Basin.
These samplers have successfully led efforts to address bacterial contamination, wastewater treatment plant nutrient discharge, and other threats to our region's water quality. Visit our Success Stories page to learn more.
FRWW wants to expand our volunteer base, increase awareness, and improve our region's water quality.
The Watershed Watch volunteer base is critical to helping state and local agencies identify potential problems in our streams, rivers and lakes.
Staff and funding resources limit the ability of Kentucky's Division of Water to visit and sample all of the waterbodies in the state. For example, the Division's 2016 Integrated Report to Congress on Water Quality noted that only 14% of Kentucky's approximately 91,100 miles of streams had been formally assessed. Local volunteers have the ability to provide a much greater reach through their sampling efforts.