Water Week

COVID-19 Update: 

In light of the Mayor’s and the Commissioner of Health’s recommendation to cancel all public events, City-hosted Water Week events are canceled, as are those sponsored by the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University.

Water Week events are hosted by a variety of organizations. See below for the most up-to-date information on individual event cancelations. 

You can still participate in Water Week. Here are some things you can do at home or outdoors on your own:

  • Enter the photo contest
  • Download our Water Week templates to make stencils, drawings, sculptures and more.
  • Run or walk in the virtual Reforest 5K.
  • Plan a garden
  • Mulch your trees
  • Design and paint a storm drain
  • Adopt a storm drain
  • Conduct a park or neighborhood cleanup. Take a bag with you to pick up litter on your walks.
  • Go on a stormwater treasure hunt!
  • Watch a documentary about water.
  • Find out which watershed you live in. Then visit one of these parks or greenspaces to see where your water goes:
    • Wolf Run Watershed: Gardenside Park, Valley Park
    • Town Branch Watershed: McConnell Springs
    • Cane Run Watershed: Legacy Trail, Kentucky Horse Park
    • East Hickman Watershed: Jacobson Park
    • West Hickman Watershed: Veterans Park, Belleau Woods Park
    • North Elkhorn Watershed: Hisle Farm Park
    • Boone Creek Watershed: Boone Creek Outdoors
    • Kentucky River Watershed: Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

March 21 – 28, 2020

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 activities for all ages, abilities and interests. We’ll create, hike, learn, plant and build community with a full schedule of events.

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.

For creek walks and other events that take place in the creek, attendees are strongly encouraged to wear rubber boots.