Red River Watershed

Red River Watershed Team has submitted the watershed plan (check it out at the bottom of the page) to KY Division of Water.  Once they review and accept the plan, we can move forward with implementing it!

The Red River and many of its tributaries flow through Wolfe, Menifee, and Powell Counties in eastern Kentucky.  Creeks like Swift Camp, Gladie, Clifty, and Indian are special places to those who call these communities home.  Even though the Red River Watershed is a beloved resource with beautiful forests, scenic streams, and diverse wildlife, the waterways are threatened by loss of streamside vegetation, runoff from towns and agriculture, and recreational misuse.

The good news is there are ways to safeguard high quality areas and restore those waters that are polluted.  To protect these waterways, KWA is participating in the Red River Gorge Watershed Protection Plan and Implementation project.  The project includes creating a watershed plan.  A watershed plan is a record of what is happening in and around the waterways.  The plan will help determine the best waters for protection and address areas that need improvement.

We need your help!  A watershed planning team to address local issues is crucial to the success of this project.  We meet every six to eight weeks in Campton or surrounding communities.  The idea behind a watershed team is that every local stakeholder is invited to the table: local residents, recreational users, business owners, elected officials, community groups, and any other interested party.  Together, this team shares local knowledge about the creek and the land around it, makes recommendations for how to improve the creek, and gets involved in education and outreach activities.

You do not need prior experience or special knowledge to participate.  All you need is a desire to learn, share your knowledge, and help out.  We hope you will join us!

Red River Team Watershed Team meeting minutes_combined 9.2011 to 11.2012

Draft Watershed Plan Chapters, as of April 2015:

TOC and Chapter 1: Getting started

Chapter 2: Exploring your watershed

Chapter 3: Monitoring to secure new data

Chapter 4: Analyzing results

Chapter 5: Finding solutions

Chapter 6: Strategy for success

Chapter 7: Making it happen and References