The Green County community is once again partnering with groups and volunteers from around the state for the annual cleanup of Green River on Saturday, August 4.
The event is being sponsored by The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky (TNC) and Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA), as part of an initiative to protect Green River—the fourth most biologically diverse river in the nation. The cleanup will cover about 20 miles of the Green River, upstream and downstream from American Legion Park.
Since 1951, TNC has been protecting our natural resources around the world, and KWA has been working across the state to carry out the mission of protecting and restoring Kentucky’s irreplaceable waterways since 1993. Both groups have a long history of working both independently and as a team on issues impacting water quality and conservation—not only in the Green River watershed, but in watersheds throughout Kentucky.
"We are excited to partner once again with The Nature Conservancy to Clean the Green. Each year, our collaboration has yielded record breaking amounts of trash being removed from the Green River,” says Judy Petersen, Executive Director of Kentucky Waterways Alliance. “I live near the Green River and it has a very special place in my heart. Hopefully, folks will come out to join us for a fun day on the river – who knows, maybe one day we won’t have any trash to remove!"
The community has rallied in support of this effort. Event sponsors include Green County Solid Waste, Hometown IGA, Green County Cattlemen’s Association, Bridgestone Tire, American Rivers, Green River Paddle Trail, Western Kentucky University, The Foster Children band and Replica Screen Printing.
About 150 volunteers are needed to clean these areas again and organize the event. Participants will meet at American Legion Park in Greensburg, KY at 8am CDT/9am EDT and will be transported or directed to various areas along the river. Seasoned paddlers are encouraged to bring their own canoes. Volunteers will be provided with a free canoe rental, a free T-shirt and a free lunch. Participants who pre-register will also qualify for a chance to win a kayak.
Pre-Registration is strongly suggested as canoe supply and route availability is limited. Those wishing to participate may pre-register here. For more information about the cleanup or to find out how you can help sponsor or donate, please contact Suzanne Crockett at 859-259-9655 or via email at Kentucky@tnc.org.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.