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2020 KRA Watershed Grant Awards

The Kentucky River Authority announces its 17th year of watershed grants to local non-profits who are helping us improve water quality throughout the Kentucky River Basin. A total of $30,000 was awarded to six recipients who will be working on local initiatives.

The City of Stanford and Friends of Logan’s Fort received a grant to construct a self-guided interpretive trail to provide historical and present-day information about the importance of Buffalo Springs and the receiving waterway of St. Asaph’s Creek. The trail will also be used during an annual environmental field day for local students. (see photo, Logan Fort)

Clarks Run Environmental and Educational Corporation (CREEC) will use their funding to investigate the removal of low-head dams and the creation of improved stream habitat along the section of Clarks Run that flows through Danville. (see photo, Clarks Run low head dam)

Kentucky Riverkeeper will receive funding to continue the development of K-12 curriculum relating to the historic, economic, social and environmental aspects of the Kentucky River. An accompanying artistic component will guide students through creating a river-related design. Student artwork from this project will be selected to be used in the Kentucky River Authority’s Annual Clean Sweep’s t-shirt design. (see photo, Riverkeeper curriculum cover)

Kentucky Waterways Alliance was given funding to support their coordination of a Red River Festival in 2021 and 2022. This festival will include a competitive canoe race on the Red River, as well as a shorter fun paddling event, educational activities, a river cleanup and live music, food, and beverages. (see photo, Red River Festival kayaks)

Red Bird Mission was awarded a grant to provide education about septic system function and maintenance. Participants receive a free system pump-out and assistance with minor system repairs. Red Bird Mission has also partnered with Rotary International to install new septic systems for those in need. These efforts help to prevent bacteria, pathogens and other pollutants found in wastewater from entering nearby waterways. (see photo, septic system)

2020 KRA Watershed Grant Project

Prior to Covid-related complications, the City of Hindman and the Knott County Cooperative Extension Office were able to complete litter cleanups of Troublesome Creek, a kid's canoe outing, and stream sampling in Lotts Creek and Troublesome Creek. And, they have supplies ready for another community stream cleanup in 2021! (Photo 5)