2017 KRK Paddles, Picnics, Clean-Ups
and Other Events on the Kentucky River
Please check our website for updates!
- 30th– Irvine- Mushroom Festival- the Speedy Spoor Run- (Need contact info and destination so people can find the launch site!)
- 21st– Beattyville from 2-5. – KRK- clean up and paddle.
- 25th-KRK Paddle Under the Bridge, Rader’s Restaurant, Irvine KY. Lunch at noon then paddle and clean up 1pm-5:00p.m, launch and park at Rader’s.
- 30th-The Red River all day paddle launching from Jack Stickney’s farm, then ending up at the Convergence of the Red and the Ky. More to come: See website for details and directions. 10:00-6:00p.m. KRK paddle, clean up and picnic. KRK will supply the meat and veggies for the grill. Everyone else bring their drinks and a dish to share!
- 12th– High Bridge, Jessamine Co. Details to follow.
- 27th-KRK Dusk to Moonlight Paddle at Hall’s Resturant. Paddle and clean up: 5:00pm-early dinner on Hall’s deck. Paddle till 9:00pm then have a bonfire in Hall’s river parking lot with music!
- 24th -2pm-5:00pm, Gratz. Meet and park at the public launch behind the New’s Restaurant and Grocery. Check the website for details!
- 22nd-launch approx. 1:00pm from Proud Mary’s Restaurant under the Clay’s Ferry Bridge. We’ll visit Boone Creek and have dinner at Proud Mary’s.
The Kentucky RIVERKEEPER Earthday Golf Scramble, held at Boone’s Trace National Golf Course, was a huge success! Many thanks to our sponsors, players and sustaining friends. Among those friends are Mr. Bruce McIntosh owner and Ms. Susan Ratliff manager of Golden Corral restaurant. Here, they present a tournament sponsor check to Kentucky Riverkeeper, Pat Banks and Treasurer, Laura Melius in front of the Richmond Location. The support of the Golden Corral for the Kentucky Riverkeeper is a reflection of Mr. McIntosh’s commitment to the local Richmond community.
To celebrate Earth Day 2017, the Gates Auto Family chose to support the Kentucky RIVERKEEPER, a 501(c)3 non-profit, in their clean water efforts and building of the Kentucky River Water Trail! Steve Gates presented the Earth Day check to Dr. Alan Banks and Pat Banks at the Toyota South showroom. Toyota has build a strong reputation of clean water practice as a company and continues to lead the industry in best management practices. Pat said that “many of our creeks and streams are impacted with pathogens, litter and other pollutants. Please do your part to keep our waters clean for you and next generations.” For those who would like to help, the 2017 all river clean-up, RIVERSWEEP, is June 17th. The two closest stations for Madison countians are Bonnesboro Beach and under the bridge in Irvine. Come as you are or bring your own boats, including kayaks and canoes.
Kentucky Riverkeeper prepared a feast at the gorgeous Jordon Hill Farm for the guest of Craig and Terri Williams. Craig is a local activist with the Kentucky Environmental Foundation and longtime supporter of the Kentucky Riverkeeper. He is also the winner of the 2006 Goldman Prize. The views, deck and weather couldn’t have been better. Yea to a wonderful evening for all!
Thanks Craig, Terri and your excellent friends.
SUIT MAKES SUN SHINE BRIGHTER ON KENTUCKY MINING POLLUTION
From: Waterkeeper Magazine Volume 11, Issue 2
By Waterkeeper Alliance Attorney Pete Harrison
Waterkeeper Alliance and Kentucky Riverkeeper joined a coalition of
citizens’ groups in filing a federal lawsuit against Frasure Creek Mining,
LLC, for submitting to the State of Kentucky more than 100 false waterpollution-
monitoring reports on its coalmines in the state. These reports
are intended to ensure that companies stay within the permitted limits
for pollutants, but Frasure Creek reports hid nearly 20,000 violations of
the federal Clean Water Act. The violations carry a maximum penalty of
more than $700 million.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet share culpability
with the company, having failed for years to take action against mounting
violations, which occurred at mountaintop-removal coal mines in Floyd,
Magoffin, Pike and Knott counties in eastern Kentucky.
“Self-reported data are the backbone of Clean Water Act
enforcement,” says Alice Howell, of the Sierra Club’s Cumberland
(Kentucky) Chapter. “When companies like Frasure Creek submit false
data it completely undermines all the protections we have in place to
make sure our water is safe.”
Frasure Creek, once Kentucky’s largest producer of coal from
mountain-top-removal mining, is a subsidiary of Essar Group, a multibillion-
dollar international corporation based in India.
“By all indications, this case looks like the biggest criminal
conspiracy to violate the federal Clean Water Act in the history of that
law,” says Waterkeeper Alliance attorney Pete Harrison. The coalition also
includes Appalachian Voices, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, and
the Sierra Club.
Frasure Creek has long been guilty of false reporting. Almost five
years ago, citizens’ groups uncovered falsified pollution reports that
led to two cases against the company, which have yet to be resolved. In
both cases, the cabinet reached slap-on-the-wrist settlements with the
company, pre-empting citizen involvement. After a Kentucky judge threw
out those settlements last December, the cabinet appealed the ruling.
That case continues. Meanwhile, in January, the cabinet initiated action
against the company. The citizens’ groups have filed to intervene in that
action to ensure that the State of Kentucky appropriately enforces the law.
“Our state officials have turned a blind eye to what is obviously a
serious problem,” says Ted Withrow, a member of Kentuckians for the
Commonwealth and retired Big Sandy River Basin coordinator for the
Kentucky Division of Water. “False reporting is widespread within the coal
industry, but state regulators have little incentive to identify problems like
these when there are false reports that make everything look great.”
Kentucky Riverkeeper Pat Banks adds that, as coal production
declines in the state, “we need to be more diligent than ever to make
sure companies can’t cut corners at the expense of local residents and
the environment. We need healthy people and a healthy environment for
eastern Kentucky to be able to flourish.
“Coal jobs may be leaving the state, but they’re leaving behind the
industry’s legacy of environmental damage for us to clean up.”
Thanks to all our sponsors and players for a great event…
Beverage Cart Sponsor:
Kort Physical Therapy
Citizens Guaranty Bank
Cumberland Valley National Bank
Davis Law, PSC
Dr. Steve Mattingly, DMD
Jennings Home Center
Kaylor’s Marine Services
Kentucky Environmental Foundation
Madison County Ford
Pat Banks Watercolors
Soft Show Inc.
Spurlin Mobile Home Park
The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub
Stantec Environmental Services
Whitaker-Vencill Insurance Agency
William Morgan, DMD
Gifts/Awards Provided By:
The University Club at Arlington
Boone’s Trace National Golf Course
Gibson Bay Golf Course
Southwind Golf Course
Hinkle Block & Masonry
Kaylor’s Marine Services
Studio J Salon Spa & Boutique