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2006 Kentucky River Watershed Watch Results

Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA To round up a very successful year of Watershed Watch, I put together a Powerpoint presentation the shows some of our findings for the year for Letcher, Knott, & Perry counties. This was presented at…

Fall Successes

Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA Well we’re into October now and got through a busy September. the first big event was the Kentucky Watershed Watch Fall Sampling Event Normally the Fall Watershed Watch event is called the “low-flow” event but…

Letcher Water Booth at Mountain Heritage 2006

Posted by Evan Smith, OSM/VISTA good news! The Letcher County Conservation District provided the Head of Three Rivers project with a mini-grant so that we can have a booth at this year’s Mountain Heritage Festival and share water quality information.…

Our Partners

The Head of Three Rivers Project is a part of the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team, a partnership between the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the AmeriCorps*VISTA program. For more information about this partnership, please visit the ACCWT website.…

The Cowan Creek Assessment Project

The Head of Three Rivers Project is working with the Cowan Community Action Group to monitor water along Cowan Creek, through a grant received from Kentucky River Authority. The monitoring has shown high levels of chromium in the creek, but…

Shall We Gather at the River

Many churches in Letcher County practice immersion baptism in the creeks near their sanctuaries. Because of high levels of bacteria in many of those creeks, The Head of Three Rivers is seeking to monitor those creeks and engage local churches…

The Fishpond Project

Fishpond Lake is a beautiful, 43-acre county-owned lake at Payne Gap in Letcher County. It has picnic areas, primitive camping and is a popular fishing spot. Unfortunately, the Head of Three Rivers Project has discovered low, but detectible levels of…

The Blair Branch Wetlands Project

Fecal coliform bacteria counts as high as 150 times the limit for human contact have been recorded in Blair Branch, a second-order stream near the community of Isom. Part of the problem is straight pipes that send sewage directly into…

The Historic Highlands Trail

The Great Eastern Trail extends 1,800 miles from the Florida Panhandle to the Finger Lakes of New York. The Pine Mountain Trail State Park is a linear Kentucky State Park that passes through Letcher County and makes up a portion…