Kentucky Commonwealth Clean-Up Day
|Author: Nancy Givens|
Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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On Saturday, March 24, members and friends of the WKU-Habitat for Humanity Durbin Estate Project participated in a site cleanup, hosted as part of Commonwealth Cleanup Week. A large portion of the site-the future home to a model mixed-income, mixed-use green affordable housing community-is a large detention basin that collects stormwater from a 270 acre city streets catchment area. Following heavy rains, new trash is carried to and deposited at the site. With EPA funding awarded by the Kentucky Division of Water, an integrated green infrastructure is being developed at the site to address this problem. Until it is implemented, regular trash cleanups are needed. It is wonderful to have community members and friends of the project volunteer their time to make a difference. Eleven people participated, and fun was had by all. Thanks goes to the City of Bowling Green Solid Waste Division for providing supplies for the event. Click here for photo galery.
An award of $4000 from the General Motors Foundation in the summer of 2013 will support the Center to work with the local schools in facilitating water quality testing at Trammel Creek.
On June 20, 2013, Roundstone Native Seed, LLC from Upton, KY, sent two employees to Durbin Estate to spread mixtures of grass seed around the upland waterway and the bottomland. Click title for more information.
On June 20, 2013, GWC Enterprise starts installing the underground utilities at the Durbin Estate Project for the water, sewer and electric lines. For more information, click the title.
The Center's Office Associate, Trish Sowell worked with CCC teacher, Christy Rogers and her students, through hands-on engagement developing a garden. Click the title for more information and access to a presentation.
On Monday, June 3 the Durbin site team was finally able to hold Plugs Planting Day. Plugs are small settings of sedges and rushes that were planted along the major Durbin site drainage channel to stabilize the banks and slow flow in rain events.
The CEES has been awarded a 3-year $655,000 grant 319(h) nonpoint source (NPS) pollution grant from the Kentucky Division of Water. This is a partnership project between WKU, Habitat for Humanity and other regional partners.