mapThe Kentucky Division of Water recently announced the public release of a new volunteer Water Quality Data Portal. The portal, which can be found on the web at, is a storehouse of standardized data that has been collected in-stream by volunteers across Kentucky. Through the Portal, users can find water health information (including lab results from in-stream sampling), by searching the map, or by entering stream name, watershed or county.  Results over time can be displayed in charts and graphs, or the data can be downloaded in a spreadsheet format.

The Water Quality Data Portal, along with the Kentucky Water Health Portal, can be useful for understanding the relative health of a nearby stream or water body. The benefit of the new Water Quality Data Portal is that it provides actual lab results from in-stream sampling, while the Water Health Portal identifies the regulatory designation of the stream or water body.

William Shane is an Environmental Engineer at Smith Management Group. William can be reached at