March 21 – 27, 2021
Water, water, everywhere – though oftentimes unseen! Lexington is celebrating Water Week this spring. Kentucky has over 90,000 miles of surface rivers and streams. Natural, underground waterways are also present in much of the state, including in Central Kentucky.
Join us in celebrating the importance of water and our role in protecting it. It’s a week of virtual and self-guided activities for all ages, abilities and interests.
Water Week is sponsored by the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the city of Lexington.
Water Week activities
Reforest 5K Run/Walk: March 20 – 28
This is the only event with a fee. John’s Run/Walk Shop organizes the Reforest 5K as a fundraiser for Reforest the Bluegrass, a community tree planting event hosted by the city each year. This year’s run/walk is virtual, and you can complete your 5K wherever you’d like. That said, Hisle Farm Park has a 5K course set up just for this event. This park has been the site for Reforest the Bluegrass events in past years. It is also where the city’s tree nursery and gravel beds are located.
Creek Sweep: DIY Litter Cleanups
Each day of Water Week, we’ll have litter cleanup kits in a different city park – one day per watershed. The kits include gloves and garbage bags so you can pick up litter near a creek, in a park, in your neighborhood or anywhere you spot some trash! We encourage families or households to participate in the litter cleanups together. Tell us about your cleanup after you're finished to get a Water Week print.
Kits will be available from noon – 6 p.m.
- Sunday, March 21 | Pleasant Ridge Park, 1350 Pleasant Ridge Dr.
- Monday, March 22 | Stonewall Park, 3205 Cornwall Dr.
- Tuesday, March 23 | Castlewood Park, 201 Castlewood Dr.
- Wednesday, March 24 | Wolf Run Park, 1618 Maywick View Lane
- Thursday, March 25 | Veterans Park, 650 Southpoint Dr., Shelter #1
- Friday, March 26 | Mt. Tabor Park, 550 Elk Lake Dr.
- Saturday, March 27 | Meadowthorpe Park, 333 Larch Lane
It’s a real-life treasure hunt! Whether you are new to geocaching or an experienced cacher, you’ll have tons of fun finding the water-themed treasures hidden throughout the city. Collect a token from each of the 12 caches the city has hidden around town, and win a geocache t-shirt!
Storm Drain Stenciling
Many people do not know that storm drains lead directly to our waterways. Stenciling storm drains educates residents so that everyone knows that pollutants don't belong in storm drains. Storm drain stenciling helps educate residents about water quality and tells people not to pour any chemicals or wastes down storm inlets or drains. The stencil also provides a constant reminder that our storm drains lead straight to local waterways and that dumping can pollute those waters.
Share the Love
Participate in a Water Week event or head to your favorite local stream or creek and snap a pic. Share it with us for the chance to win a Water Week print! Share it on social media with #WaterWeekLex and tag @LiveGreenLex on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Not on social? No problem. Just email LiveGreen@lexingtonky.gov.
At Home Activities
- Download our Water Week templates to make stencils, drawings, sculptures and more.
- Everyone loves to color! Get to know the watersheds in Fayette County with a watersheds coloring sheet. Feel free to send us a pic of the final product. Post to social and tag @LiveGreenLex or email it to us at LiveGreen@lexingtonkygov.
- Pick up a Water Week bookmark from any Lexington Public Library location or from Cabela’s.
- Want to learn more about water? Check out our Water Week reading list to inspire your next read.
- Tune into the CAFE Conversations: Kentucky Waterways virtual discussion at 2 p.m. on March 23. Dr. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Specialist, will highlight Kentucky's water resources, our connection to the Gulf of Mexico and simple ways to be a good water steward.