Herrington Lake group, Garrard County get $20,000 grants

January 14, 2004

Herrington Lake Conservation League and Garrard County were each awarded $20,000 Monday by Bluegrass PRIDE - Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment.

The conservation league will use the money to address the problem of abandoned boat docks on Herrington Lake. The grant also will be used to equip local marina operators with litter bags for distribution to boaters and lake users to discourage littering.

In addition, the grant will be used to design and produce signs that address environmental responsibility and reflect local community commitments to continue to make Herrington Lake clean and safe.

In accepting the grant, Bobby Halsey, past president and current member of the board of directors of the Conservation League, thanked Bluegrass PRIDE for supporting the efforts to maintain the natural beauty and environmental health of Herrington Lake.


With the changing lake levels, especially in a wet year, docks can be pulled away from their banks and hang up on the rocky shoreline, leaving barrels and Styrofoam floating on the surface. A portion of the grant will be used to help clean up the debris from these docks.

The incoming president of the Herrington Lake Conservation League, Connie Caudill of Harrodsburg, thanked Bluegrass PRIDE for its continued support of the mission of the Herrington Lake Conservation League. Caudill said the partnership with Bluegrass PRIDE is important to the effort to restore Herrington Lake to a place of beauty and a key resource for tourism in central Kentucky.

Garrard County was awarded $20,000 to clean up an illegal dump above the Kentucky River and help fund the county's semiannual, free collection of bulky items. Garrard County citizens can dispose of large items not collected by their garbage service.

In Mercer County, a PRIDE grant of $14,236 will be used to clean up a dump on a steep incline on John Jones Lane. Norman Jennings, who supervises the recycling center and is in charge of handling solid waste, said his department has worked on the dump for about two weeks and the grant will go toward completing that clean-up.

The city of Danville was awarded $6,850 to expand the riparian buffer surrounding Clark's Run.

Bluegrass PRIDE was announced by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who then was a U.S. Congressman, and the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary James Bickford in November 2001.

By expanding the PRIDE initiative created by Rep. Hal Rogers and Secretary Bickford, Bluegrass PRIDE seeks to bring together like-minded Kentucky leaders who care deeply about a responsible approach to revive our streams and waterways, protect our water supply, and preserve our natural beauty.

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