Support Us

BSWW is an non-profit volunteer organization.

We are a volunteer-led organization that was established as an official 501c3 entity in 1999. 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 BSWW's annual conference.

Approximately 123 sites throughout the Big Sandy River Basin are currently monitored three times per year, extending the reach and resources of Kentucky's natural resource agencies.

BSWW works!

Since 1999, we have trained hundreds of volunteer samplers to test water quality in streams of interest to them.

These trained volunteers have sampled over 200 sites in streams, springs, rivers and lakes using BSWW test kits and sampling protocols.

BSWW samplers are informed citizens who are able to detect changes and possible impacts to the health of waterways throughout the Kentucky River Basin.

These samplers have successfully led efforts to address leaking sewage infrastructure, areas of failing septic systems, stormwater contamination, streambank erosion, and other threats to water quality.

BSWW wants to expand our volunteer base and increase water quality awareness and improvements.

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.

Big Sandy Watershed Watch gratefully accepts donations of any amount for our general activities.

Or, feel free to designate their use for something specific - such as sampling supplies or lab analysis,
sampling in a specific community or on a specific waterbody, or for BSWW meetings or outreach efforts.

Please consider making a donation to Big Sandy Watershed Watch.

100% of donated funds will be used to support citizen science!

If you would prefer to donate by check, please send your contribution to:

BSWW, P.O. Box 1248, Frankfort, KY 40602