Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin declared March 19-25 as “Water Week in Kentucky” [PDF] to show how each member of the state is impacted by water in their daily lives and to connect water health to quality of life for each Kentucky citizen.
As part of this celebration, the Watershed Studies Institute at Murray State University, the City of Murray, Kentucky and the Jackson Purchase Foundation will co-host the inaugural Four Rivers Watershed Sustainability Summit [PDF] on Monday, March 27. The summit is free and open for the public to attend. Lunch will be available at the event for a small fee. Registration is requested, but not required.
The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT in the Small Ballroom of the Curris Center at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The goal of this event is to celebrate our abundant water resources that are so important to our history and region, and learn about local projects to improve and protect our water resources.
Seminars have been scheduled throughout the event, and will include information on water-related projects in the Four Rivers Region, including the science behind water quality and its effects on aquatic life and regional watershed management projects. Educational booths and demonstrations will include information about different activities that citizens can do to improve and protect our water resources.
The Four Rivers Region includes the parts of the Lower Cumberland River basin, Lower Ohio River Basin, the Tennessee River Basin and the Mississippi River Basin in the following counties:
- Kentucky counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Simpson, Trigg, and Todd
- Tennessee counties: Henry, Stewart, Montgomery and Robertson
The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program invites communities and those interested in brownfield redevelopment to an open house event that can assist you with your current and future projects.
The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance will host a Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Open House on Friday, April 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT. The event will put your community in touch with organizations that can help provide brownfield training, funding identification, grant and technical assistance, and project guidance.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) and the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) will all be on hand to talk about aspects of your project. Whether just an idea or something that is already in process, these experts can provide guidance.
TAB providers and CDFA receive grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide services, such as:
- Developing and assisting with community involvement regarding site cleanups;
- Providing guidance on remediation and redevelopment;
- Explaining health impacts;
- Explaining the science and technology of brownfield redevelopment at all stages;
- Developing grant management techniques;
- Reviewing brownfield grants;
- Developing strategies for brownfield redevelopment;
- Identifying funding and resources;
- Facilitating stakeholder participation;
- Assisting with Revolving Loan Fund Grants;
- Identifying reuse financing; and
- Exploring tax credits and tax increment financing for projects.
Who should attend?
- Current brownfield grant recipients working through their projects;
- Potential brownfield grant recipients who want to gain resources to better implement a brownfield grant;
- Former recipients that are still working through projects;
- Communities/nonprofits that aren’t involved in brownfields yet, but are considering it; and
- Any community or group currently working with the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program that is interested in learning more about available programs and resources.
Join us to find out how you can benefit from the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program and CDFA.
The Louisville Metro Government Office of Sustainability will hold its Louisville Urban Tree Symposium on Saturday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Louisville.
With the growing discussion of concerns related to the urban tree canopy of Louisville, it’s not always easy to see that most of us love trees! On April 15, we are bringing people together to learn about the many aspects of trees during a community oriented tree symposium that will educate us about trees in Kentuckiana and inform us of the actions we can take to secure their success for years to come. Whatever your interest in trees, we encourage you to join us in what will be an inspiring and motivational forum of experts from both near and far.
The Partnership for a Green City is collaborating with TreesLouisville, Louisville Grows and the Louisville Metro Division of Forestry for this special event. Please bring your tree questions and creative energy to this extremely important topic. Tickets cover lunch and some expenses of the event.