In spring summer and fall, hundreds of Kentucky volunteers take water samples from streams to check on the health of our water.
E coli (a bacterium which produces toxins in the human intestinal tract) is only one of the tests. Another test is for dissolved oxygen (a vital component for aquatic animals such as fish, amphibians ,etc.).
The water's pH factor is also checked (pure water has a pH of about 7 - neither acid or base). A change too far in either direction acid or base could mean a problem for water animals
A conductivity meter reading is taken. Conductivity is an early indicator of change in a water system. A significant change may be due to natural flooding, evaporation or man made pollution detrimental to the quality of the water and the health of us all.
These tests are done throughout the state. Some of these tests are completed by professional environmental workers from different scientific and governmental organizations. However,most of the volunteers are trained by the Kentucky Division of Water(DOW) - volunteers from many different backgrounds who live close to their testing sites.
In our area the Licking River Watershed Watch (LRWW) led by Marie Halpin( President) acts as the runner who sees that these samples get to professional laboratories - as a check on the field - based work of our local volunteers. The Friends of Stoner Creek has a longtime partnership with the (DOW)and the LRWW in Bourbon County. Many of our Board members act as volunteers and the FOSC reimburses the LRWW for the costs incurred in the Bourbon County laboratory tests.
The FOSC invite all to join us for our tenth annual picnic August from 5:00 - 8:00 at 125 Taylor. The cost for a ticket is $10. Please bring a dish to share eat and drink with friends while listening to Stone Soup play. And of course we also hope you will take a pontoon ride up the creek to see what a beautiful gift we have in Stoner Creek.