Cleanups planned for Salt River tributaries

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Annual events remove tons of trash from streams

By Bob White

Staff Report

Three river cleanups planned during the next month aim to remove tons of debris from two major tributaries of the Salt River and a tributary of the Green River. The Salt and Green rivers are two of Kentucky’s six primary watersheds and drain most of central Kentucky.

This Saturday in Bardstown, the Bardstown Boaters paddling club is sponsoring the group’s fourth annual Paddle Pickup along the Beech Fork of Salt River. Volunteers are welcome to pick up trash on the bank or take a boat downstream to pick up trash in harder-to-reach places.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. Keene’s Depot at 108 Old Bloomfield Pike in downtown Bardstown. Boats will be provided by Central Kentucky Canoe and Kayak for those who do not have their own. Participants are asked to register at www. bardstownboaters. com. The site also has additional information. Questions should be directed to Spalding Hurst, Bardstown Boaters president, at spalding@bards townboaters.com.

The following Saturday in eastern Jefferson County, the Floyds Fork Environmental Association will host its annual cleanup of the Floyd’s Fork of Salt River. Canoes also will be used, but most already have been spoken for. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own boats or help clean the streambank.

Participants will meet around 8:30 a.m. at Floyds Fork Park off Taylorsville Road, just south of Gene Snyder Freeway. Questions about the event should be directed to Floyds Fork Environmental Association co-founder Teena Halbig at Teenahal@aol.com.

A third cleanup is planned June 21 for Bacon Creek near Bonnieville — a tributary of the Green River. According to www.AmericanRivers.org, two areas of Bacon Creek are targeted for the cleanup. Signs will point the way from the Bonnieville exit from Interstate 65. Refreshments and trash bags will be provided.

All three cleanups are part of the National River Cleanup. The American Rivers Web site has information on all registered cleanups throughout the nation. The three listed are the only registered cleanups within 50 miles of Elizabethtown.