Northern Kentucky | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Chapter: Northern Kentucky

If you believe that Northern Kentucky communities are best served by honoring diversity and promoting sustainability, then join the Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

The chapter began in Northern Kentucky in 2010, and has been active working to build a more just and sustainable community. From concerts, to film series, to candidate forums, our chapter is always working to find ways to better engage and work within our community. We hope you can join us, and help build a better Kentucky.

Recent Activities

ORSANCO hearing in Erlanger

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) held the last of three hearings on Monday, April 8, to gather public input on its latest proposal to change its mandate to monitor and enforce clean water standards on the river. The previous two had been in Pittsburgh on April 1, and Evansville, IN on April 4.

Monitoring would continue under the new proposal, but states could decide whether or not to adopt or enforce the standards. This opened a new front in the fight to protect water in the Ohio River that provides drinking water for more than five million people. Over 75 people gathered at the meeting in Erlanger to voice opposition to the organization’s proposal. KFTC members attended the public hearing along with a broad coalition of individuals, environmental, social justice, religious, public health and civic groups.

ORSANCO work continues, hearings in early April

For more than a year, KFTC has worked with allies to protect the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission’s (ORSANCO) mission to clean and protect the Ohio River through monitoring and enforcement. This commission, made up of representatives of the federal government and 8 members states (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois) of ORSANCO maintains pollution control standards that are higher than the EPA or state enforcement agencies.

While these standards have not solved the Ohio River’s pollution issues, it has made considerable progress since the founding in 1948. Yet some political appointees in ORSANCO want to make these essential standards optional for states to enforce, giving states the ability to ignore damage to our water systems that disproportionately impacts lower income people and people of color across the region.

NKY students register voters

Juli Russ helps orient other students for their canvass that day.

This weekend northern Kentucky members helped support students in Fort Thomas do voter registration as part of the March For Our Lives movement.

Many turn out to speak to the importance of water

In February roughly 100 people filled the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission to comment on proposals that woul

Water Justice Field Hearing

More than 110 people turned out on February 2 to affirm the need for clean and safe drinking water.

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Regular Meetings:

Center for Great Neighborhoods
321 W. 12th Street
Covington, KY 41011
Monthly Chapter Meeting

Every Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Chapter Organizer:

Joe Gallenstein
306 Greenup St
Covington, KY 41011
859-380-6103

Upcoming Events:

October 25

Poor People's Campaign M.O.R.E Tour Press Conference

1885 Dixie Highway
Fort Wright, KY 41011

Join Reverends William Barber and Liz Theoharis and the Kentucky Poor People's Campaign for the first stops of the Poor People’s Campaign’s MORE Tour in Kentucky.

October 28

NKY Environmental Justice Meeting

306 Greenup Street
Covington, KY 41011

Join us to help work on our ongoing environmental justice work! From RECLAIM, to energy to democracy, Empower Kentucky, and more!

November 5

We Choose NKY! Election Watch Party

433 Johnson Street
Covington, KY 41011

Join KFTC members as we celebrate the work we have done to build a stronger democracy, and begin to move what's next for Kentuckians!