GREATER LOUISVILLE NEWS
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents
Beargrass Creek with Dr. David Wicks, who will update us on exciting news about one of Louisville's greatest natural resources, Beargrass Creek.
David's program will focus on three areas:
* An overview of the new documentary,
Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard, which is being shown for the first time on October 27th at The Clifton Center.
* A discussion on the planning effort entitled: "Beargrass Creek Trail, Conceptual Shared Use Path, and Ecological Restoration Plan."
* What can the Sierra Club and its supporters do to support enhanced access and restoration to the creek?
David Wicks, Ed.D, received his doctorate from the University of Louisville, MA in Urban Education from Fordham University, and his undergraduate degree from Rutgers. David is owner of
"Get Outdoors Kentucky," a Louisville based outfitter; is actively involved in The Mayors' Hike, Bike, and Paddle, The Community Boat House, The Future Fund Land Trust, MSD's consent decree advisory board, The Kentuckiana
Paddlers Association, and the Salt River Watershed Watch. He has been paddling
Louisville's rivers and creeks for over 35 years.
Our events are all free and open to the public.
We hope you’ll join us.
The Clifton Center address is 2117 Payne Street.
Directions are on their website.
Social Dinner With Sierrans
Join us for
fellowship and food each month on the third Friday of each
month. Please click the Social
Dinner Schedule link on the right to learn which
restaurant the group will meet at this month, and for the
details on who to contact.
you ever hiked the Knobstone Trail? Have you seen the
Jefferson County Memorial Forest close up? Sierra Club outings
will explore these areas, and many more.
A New Day Hike, Saturday, October 15, The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Red River Gorge, Kentucky
(More lovely pictures at the Outings page).
A freshly minted outings leader, Joy Henry, has designed an interesting hike in both the forest and prairie of the Parklands. The 1.5 mile forest hike is of moderate difficulty and offers the chance to see huge trees up to 200 years old. In contrast, the 1.1 mile prairie preserve trail is flat and easy, and presents a good birdwatching opportunity. Total walk length is about 4 miles. Stay for lunch at a nearby restaurant if interested.
To participate, contact Joy at 502-599-7013,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, see October's The Cumberland or the Chapter's
For additional outings info, click
Also, ending Mountaintop Removal Mining is an ongoing focus of the
Sierra Club's Kentucky activity. We have members hiking
and water testing in eastern Kentucky on a regular basis to document environmental stress, to talk with residents, and to
support legal challenges which have stopped permits.
“Inspiring Connections Outdoors” (ICO) needs leaders and volunteers
Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings program has changed its name to “Inspiring Connections Outdoors.”
There are 55 ICO programs nationwide, and one of them is in Louisville. The Louisville program is always in need of leaders and volunteers.
Please consider helping out with this unique and personally rewarding Sierra Club program. See more info
The Louisville ICO leader is Carol Hanchette. Contact her at email@example.com.
Also see Inspiring Connections Outdoors.
Louisville Sierra Club Resolution Encouraging Solar Use in
Louisville passed by Louisville Metro Council
This resolution has had a real impact. Metro Council members Rick
Blackwell and Bill Hollander introduced the same resolution to the Metro Council's Sustainability Committee.
The Sustainability Committee passed it, and it was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE FULL LOUISVILLE METRO COUNCIL on August 27,
The Resolution urges Louisville to "aggressively pursue strategies... such as supporting solar
for new construction, adding solar on school and other municipal buildings, [and] streamlining the permitting
process for commercial and industrial solar installations..."
The Sierra Club
believes in encouraging clean energy as part of our advocacy for
mitigating climate change. Therefore, the Executive Committee passed a resolution in July
Louisville to encourage and adopt more use of solar energy.
You can read the full text here.
Watershed Watch Stream Monitoring
what a healthy waterway should look like? Wonder about the
chemistry and biology of our waterways? Here are
opportunities to really get involved. Volunteers are needed
for the Watershed Testing programs, (also known as
Water Sentinels). You must have training to
Salt River Watershed
The Salt River Watershed Watch program, (also know as Salt
River Basin) includes all the major creeks in Jefferson County and Greater Louisville area. Everyone in Greater Louisville is in the Salt
River watershed which includes Harrods Creek, Goose Creek, Floyds Fork, and the streams of 11 counties. The water samples
volunteers collect (with a partner) will be analyzed at a state lab, and will be stored on the internet.
To register and participate, email
Jo Ann Palmer in the KY
Division of Water. (Also recommend checking the
Cumberland Chapter site).
Trainings are held each spring. Visit the Salt River Watershed Watch website, http://kywater.org/watch/salt/index.htm,
for more information.
Kentucky River Watershed Watch:
KRWW also holds training sessions that will teach you how and what to look
for. Surf over to
and click on "Schedule of Events" for more information.
Mountain Top Removal
Sierra Water Sentinels have ongoing research into the effects of valley fill
from Mountain Top Removal. If interested in that, please contact
For additional information, you can also look at the
Cumberland Chapter site on water testing.
Stay informed About
Sign up to
receive our monthly Louisville Group E-Newsletter. Just
click on the link - it is quite easy. (Please choose "Greater
Louisville Group Newsletter" in the GROUP [3rd]
section). We send local outings, and additional event info in
the Group Newsletter.
We have a
Greater Sierra Club Facebook page.
Please "Like" us, write on the "Wall," and do all those other
good Facebook activities that will connect our membership!
Greater Louisville Ex-Com
Our Executive Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each
month, 7 p.m, at the Clifton Library on Frankfort Ave.
Let us know what matters to you. We welcome new members and
Have ideas for Programs? Hikes? We’re listening. Our
general meetings every third Tuesday are open to
The Greater Louisville Sierra Club submitted comments on the
draft Metro Louisville Sustainability Plan. We suggested that
because of the severity of looming climate change, Metro
Louisville should be much bolder and more active in the
Sustainability Plan. The Mayor and Office of Sustainability did
make some changes. Read our comments
here, and the finalized Plan here.
Become an Outings Leader!
are willing to lead an outdoor event, such as a walk/hike
of one hour, all-day, or overnight, or biking, canoeing,
etc., we would love to have your particpation.
Please talk to Joan Lindop, or Panaena or Joe Bina.
Outings Leader Training sessions are held twice a year.
Contact Joan Lindop
or Panaena and Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have the challenge and opportunity of working with the
Metro Government, letting our voices be heard. We should be
attending some meetings of the Council and getting to know the
players. Also, if there are speakers or topics you would like
us to address at Monthly Meetings, please let us know. Contact
E-Mail Addresses Wanted
If you are willing to receive 1-2 emails per month with
reminders about the Greater Louisville Sierra Club activities,
please send an e-mail to
If you want to join a conversation about what's happening in
the Metro Area, we suggest you attend one of Mayor Greg
Fischer's gatherings. For information on dates, times, and
Join up and help out
WANT TO HELP the environment, meet great people, and enjoy the outdoors? If
your zip code begins with 400, 401, and 402, then you're
in the Greater Louisville Group area.
Join us. For information about groups outside this area,
click here. For monthly e-mail updates about our
Volunteers Needed to Attend APCD Meetings
Pollution Control District) meets every third Wednesday of
each month. If you can get to these meetings, please do. The
environmental interests are seldom represented!
Grass roots OUTRAGE
can clean up our air. Each member of Metro Council individually
needs to hear our concerns. And the Air Pollution Control
District (City Agency) has stakeholder committees. The APCD
contact person is
Volunteers are also needed to attend:
- Planning Commission meetings (Thursday afternoons at
Jefferson & 6th)
- Tree Commission meetings
- Historic District Guidelines meetings
For more information on these activities, e-mail
For more information about events, or questions on web site
content, e-mail Joan
Lindop, (phone 502-228-0016).
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