Wolfe County, Forest Service and PRIDE team up to clean upSeptember 17, 2012 by clackey
We are pleased to announce a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Wolfe County Fiscal Court that will improve the quality of water flowing from Campton toward the Red River Gorge.
Together, we will remove trash along Swift Camp Creek, a tributary of the Red River. The four-mile cleanup will begin near the city’s water plant. The fiscal court already cleaned the creek up to that point.
“This will be really important to Wolfe County and the Red River Gorge since the stream drains directly into Clifty Wilderness, one of only two nationally designated wilderness areas in Kentucky,” said John Walker, Hydrologist with the Daniel Boone National Forest. “It will make a big difference in what that stream looks like.”
“We are honored that the Forest Service invited us to help with this cleanup, which will be so important to the environment and tourism in this area,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.
“We did a similar project with the Forest Service in Clay County last year, and we have partnered with communities to remove 2,875 dumps over the past 15 years,” Wilson said.
“We appreciate John Walker, Wolfe County Judge-Executive Dennis Brooks, and Wolfe County Solid Waste Coordinator Ashley Bowman for their teamwork on this project,” Davis added.
The Forest Service awarded a partnership agreement to PRIDE to manage the cleanup project and dispose of the trash. The Forest Service and PRIDE will contribute in-kind services, staff time, and expertise. The fiscal court will provide the equipment and inmate labor.