Photo of a dragonfly nymph, courtesty of ENRI Task Force.
If you have questions or need help with a program related to water quality contact the ENRI Task Force at We are available to assist with programming on macroinvertebrates, basic water testing parameters, and best management practices to reduce water pollution. Education resources and additional links are below.
Rain Barrels
Rain Gardens
Best Management Practices


Extension Publications and Factsheets

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates: Biological Indicators of Stream Health (ID-228)



 4-H20 Ambassadors: What is Water Quality? 

Rain Barrels

Extension Publications and Factsheets

Building a Rain Barrel (HENV-201)

DIY Building a Rain Barrel from a Pickle Barrel Factsheet


Short Articles/Information Releases

General Rain Barrel Tips


Instructional Videos

DIY Rain Barrel Build  This 15 minute video shows how to construct a rain barrel from a pickle barrel.



Facilitor's Guide including Example Success Story


Follow-up Evaluation


For the Rain Barrel PowerPoint Presentation with Talking Points or information on hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop contact Suzette Walling (

Residential Rain Gardens

Extension Publications

Residential Rain Garden: Design, Construction, and Maintenance (HENV-205)


Short Articles/Information Releases

Fall Rain Garden Maintenance Tips



Facilitior's Guide with Example Success Story


Evaluation Follow-up


For additional information, including photographs and a map featuring demonstration gardens throughout KY, visit our Residential Rain Garden webpage. For the Rain Garden PowerPoint Presentation with Talking Points or information on hosting a Rain Garden Workshop contact Suzette Walling (

Best Management Practices

Extension Publications and Factsheets Related to Groundwater and Karst

Common Hazards in Karst Terrain (AEN-126)

 Groundwater Quality (AEN-120)


Extension Publications and Factsheets Related to Streams

Living Along a Kentucky Stream (IP-73)

Keeping Trash Out of Streams (AEN-119)

Planting a Riparian Buffer (ID-185)

Planting along Your Stream, Pond, or Lake (HENV-202)

Restoring Streams (AEN-122)

Riparian Buffers: A Livestock Best Management Practice for Protecting Water Quality (ID-175)

Stream Crossings for Cattle (AEN-101)

Streambank Erosion (AEN-124)

Using Weep Berms to Improve Water Quality (AEN-114)


For information on stormwater click here.