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Green River Milestones

For more than a decade, the Conservancy has worked with landowners, farmers, non-profit organizations and government agencies to achieve several milestones related to improving water quality and habitat within and around the Green River.

  • Launched the Sustainable Rivers Project with the Army Corps of Engineers, based on success at the Green River, at pilot projects around the United States to demonstrate that dams can be operated to support the ecological health of river systems while providing people with traditional services like flood protection, water supply and hydroelectric power.
     
  • Wrapped up the Green River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) ahead of schedule after reaching the acreage cap less than halfway into the timeline. Approved in 2001, the Green River CREP was authorized to enroll up to 100,000 acres with funding contributed by Federal and state government, and the Conservancy, over a period of 15 years to establish natural buffers around sinkholes within the karst plain and along the tributaries and main stem of the river to reduce by 10 percent the amount of sediment, pesticides, and nutrients entering the watershed from agricultural sources.
     
  • Worked with Kentucky State University to map “biodiversity hotspots” and the variety of land uses along the Green River corridor in order to focus conservation and restoration efforts on areas where the most significant results can be achieved.
     
  • Established an environmental education site at the Davis Bend Nature Preserve which welcomes members of the community, and especially students, to tour the property, observe wildlife and geology, and learn about best management practices for agriculture, forestry and native plant restoration.
     
  • Partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to complete an inventory of bank erosion sites within the Upper Green River portion of the basin.

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