Volunteers help keep Lexington’s creeks healthy

LEXINGTON, KY. (WTVQ) – The city of Lexington Division of Water Quality is holding a workshop to train volunteers on how to collect water samples.

They say residents who are interested in the health of our local waterways are invited to attend.

The workshop will take place Thursday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant, 301 Lisle Industrial Ave., Lexington, KY 40511. Volunteers should email jcarey@lexingtonky.gov if they plan to attend.

“I started testing water as a part of Water Watch, a state wide program, when I thought we should know more about the creeks at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, where I have hiked for over 40 years,” says longtime volunteer Phyllis Hasbrouck. “When I discovered the testing that was being done in the Fayette County watersheds, two of my hiking friends and I took the training and have been doing the testing ever since.”

Anyone with an interest in Lexington’s streams is welcome to volunteer – no science background required! After volunteers complete training, they can participate in sampling events in the East Hickman Watershed this fall and next summer.

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