Public meeting for Red Bird River restoration update

Release Date: Nov 2, 2017  

Contact(s): Lois Smith, 606-598-0520

WINCHESTER, Ky., Nov. 1, 2017 – Anyone interested in water quality in the Red Bird River and its tributaries is invited to attend a public meeting for updates on watershed restoration activities.

The Red Bird River headwaters begin in Bell County and flow north into Clay and Leslie counties of eastern Kentucky. Much of the watershed occurs within Daniel Boone National Forest boundaries.

“The purpose of this meeting is to keep our local community members informed and to involve them in the ongoing efforts to provide clean water for recreation and other activities for the people in this area,” said Lois Smith, restoration project coordinator.

“Water is our most vital natural resource, but water quality in this region has suffered from years of improper trash and wastewater disposal and sedimentation of streams from road and trail erosion,” Smith said. “We’re addressing these issues and looking at possible ways to improve these conditions.” 

A community watershed plan was previously developed through a collaborative process that included public involvement. The plan identifies watershed improvement needs and activities for implementation. Grant funding was received to help carry out plan goals and initiatives.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 7 at the Cardinal House of the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky., beginning at 6 p.m. Interested participants are encouraged to call 606-598-0520 or email to reserve a chair. Anyone who cannot attend the meeting but wishes to provide comments may also call or email this address.

The Red Bird River Watershed Restoration Project is a collaborative effort by the U.S. Forest Service, Kentucky Division of Water, PRIDE, Cumberland Valley Resource Conservation & Development, and the Red Bird Mission.