Water is basic to all life and is a finite resource. Water quality and water quantity are integral to issues such as energy, land use, and maintenance of a healthy environment for plants, wildlife and humanity. Access to potable, sufficient and affordable water is a human right. Proper management of water is essential so that present and future generations may survive and flourish.


The Kentucky Chapter has been working to protect Kentucky's water for over 50 years. In 1967, a band of local residents and volunteers took it upon themselves to find a way to stop the damming of a little-known, remote hollow in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Thanks to these efforts the Red River remained unblocked, and Kentucky's cherished Red River Gorge remained preserved. 
We have been working ever since to protect our thirteen major river basins, containing more than 90,000 miles of streams.  Kentucky has more navigable miles of water than any other state except Alaska... that is an abundance of water that needs Kentuckians fighting for it. 



The Ohio River has seen large scale harmful algae blooms in 2015 and 2019 due to excess nutrients, both of which covered hundreds of miles according to reports from the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission. The Ohio River provides drinking water for over 5 million individuals, and most water treatment plants lack the ability to remove the toxin from the water supply. Read more about the Kentucky Chapter's efforts to protect the Ohio River 



Metro Louisville has declared, “Floyds Fork watershed is a natural treasure.” But due to irresponsible developments, this natural living resource is experiencing rapid erosion, exorbitant levels of chemicals, wildlife-killing runoff, and at times unswimmable and unlivable muddied waters. The Water Committee of the Kentucky Chapter is working diligently to preserve and protect this natural treasure.