The University of Connecticut (UConn), as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) national research program, requests volunteers to participate in a brief survey and choice experiment on how individuals value the services that farmers provide to improve water quality in the Ohio River Basin. By implementing best management practices (BMPs), such as planting cover crops, managing animal waste, and other BMPs, farmers can reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that enters rivers and waterways. Water quality in the Ohio River Basin's rivers and streams can depend on citizens supporting farmers' services.
This UConn study aims to obtain information about your preference for water quality credits and the associated environmental co-benefits. Your participation would provide data that would enable us to measure the economic value of these credits and their environmental benefits.
To show our appreciation for your effort, we will be giving a $10 electronic gift card to the first 400 respondents, via the email you provide at the end of the survey. However, this will be subject to a verification process to ensure we send only a single gift card per individual and, also, to verify our respondents are humans rather than computerized "robots" responses generated by computer hackers. In addition, you have an opportunity to receive $100 that would be a part of your income if you are randomly selected from one (1) out of twenty (20) participants. In our survey, you can use this income for your personal expenses, buy water quality credits with their associated co-benefits, or support other environmental or charitable organizations. Your sincere opinion is appreciated.
We want to assure you that every response we receive would be kept confidential. We would only use the aggregated data collected from all participants to conduct our project analysis and publish our findings. The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete for most people, in our experience. Your participation is highly appreciated.
Please click here if you would like to participate in the survey.
If you have any questions about this study or your rights as an intended research participant, we would be happy to talk with you and answer all your questions. Kindly contact Eniola through this email: OhioRiver-UCONN-Study@uconn.edu
KWA partnered with Louisville MSD and Louisville Parks & Recreation for a creek cleanup along 5 different sites of the Middle Fork of Beargrass Creek in Louisville, KY on November 7. This was a community outreach event as part of a 319 watershed planning project.
For a total of 62 bags of trash, a play house, a shopping cart and a tire all collected by 58 volunteers!
In the past week, KWA hosted two cleanup events on the Ohio River and the Kentucky River. The Holy Cross High School Environmental Club helped remove trash and debris from Kulmer Beach on the Ohio River, with help from Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation's Natural Areas Division. We also held a day-long cleanup on the Kentucky River in partnership with Canoe Kentucky and Kentucky River Tours. We are eternally grateful for our network of partners and volunteers who make these events possible!
If you're interested in volunteering for a future cleanup, check out our upcoming events or sign up to be on our volunteer list.
KWA is excited to be embarking on several partnerships to help increase recreational access to the Red River. A recently awarded Wild and Scenic Stewardship Partnership grant from River Network will support KWA’s partnership with the U.S. Forest Service out of Daniel Boone National Forest to restore the canoe access at Big Branch Canoe Launch on the Upper Red River. The effort will celebrate KY’s only nationally protected Wild & Scenic River through streambank restoration, environmental education, and cleanups for river health and enjoyment for more people now and in the future.
Led by the Friends of Red River, a KWA-affiliated local watershed group dedicated to increasing water quality and navigability in the Red River, a new canoe launch is slated to be constructed in Rosslyn, KY to access the Red River. This is made possible by partnering with Powell County Fiscal Court and Shiloh United Methodist Church and is funded by the Kentucky River Authority, Stanton Tourism and Stanton Parks & Recreation.
We are excited to announce that Kentucky Waterways Alliance and U.S.Forest Service-Daniel Boone National Forest are continuing our partnership to protect, restore and celebrate the Red River in eastern Kentucky. We received a Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership grant from River Network that will be used toward streambank restoration, environmental education, and cleanups for river health and enjoyment for more people now and in the future. Mitigation work will take place at Big Branch Canoe Launch, the upper-most-public-Red-River launch site and recreation area. Stay tuned for progress reports!
See River Network’s recent blog post announcing awardees here.
Now Hiring: Environmental Education Leadership Corps Member
The Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) and Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) are seeking an enthusiastic individual with a passion for the missions of our organizations. This position is a unique opportunity to be part of a new partnership between KWA and KAEE to advance water education and water literacy throughout Kentucky. If you enjoy educating others, would like to have a significant impact, and work with two amazing teams, we encourage you to apply! Read the full position description here. Application portal can be found here.
Questions about this opportunity can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org