The Northern Kentucky Water Sentinels endeavor to protect, improve
and restore Kentucky's waters by fostering alliances to promote
water quality monitoring, public education and citizen action.
The Northern Kentucky Water Sentinels project began in 2001 and
since then has an impressive array of accomplishments.
Gunpowder Creek, above, is running
cleaner, thanks to the Northern Kentucky Water Sentinels. Click
here to read the full story in The Planet.
We take our mission very seriously and it speaks volumes about
the work that we do and how we go about doing it, so it's worth
examining just what it means.
We have been very careful to define our geographic reach as Kentucky's
waters. Although we do most of our work in the Licking River Watershed,
we do not limit ourselves exclusively to issues in the Licking River
Region. It is important to know that we are a resource to all the
citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and that we will lend our
support to defend all of Kentucky's waterways.
We work to protect those waters that are unspoiled and defend them
against those whose actions may bring them into harms way. We work
to improve the quality of waters that today are impaired and we
work to restore the aquatic habitat to its original pristine condition.
Recognizing that we can't do it alone, we foster alliances
with other like-minded citizens and organizations to accomplish
our goals. Building alliances is an essential component of our success.
We work with the Licking River Watershed Watch and the Kentucky Division of Water to recruit and train citizen volunteers to do
water quality monitoring in the region. Our training meets all of
the standards set forth by the Kentucky Division of Water so that
the results of our monitoring are more likely to be considered in
the regulatory process.
We provide public education
to teachers, school children, church groups, conservation organizations,
hunting and fishing clubs and anyone else who will listen to our
message. An educated public is more likely to act in a responsible
manner to help protect, improve and restore our waters.
And finally, Northern Kentucky Water Sentinels provide a framework
for citizen action. Public participation is a critically important
component in the process of protecting, improving and restoring
Kentucky's waters. But all too frequently, the public is unfamiliar
with the mechanisms available to them and how to go about creating
change. Northern Kentucky Water Sentinels provides the leadership
and guidance to assist citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
in accessing the necessary tools to protect, improve and restore
the waters of Kentucky.
Join us on our quest. If you'd like additional information or you'd
like to become a volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact
us and become a part of our journey.