GREATER LOUISVILLE NEWS
March General Meeting:
Please join us this month to learn more about
Waterfront Botanical Gardens
March 17, 7 PM, at the Clifton Center. We’ll hear
from Brian Voelker, board president of Botanica and the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Brian
will discuss the master plan for the Waterfront Botanical Gardens project, to be located near
the Big Four Bridge at River Road and Frankfort Ave. in Louisville on reclaimed land that was
once used as a landfill. The gardens will be constructed on, roughly, 23 acres.
Botanica has been
around for over 20 years, but in the last two years the project has made a lot of important
progress. Projected highlights of the project include a Beargrass Creek overlook, water
filtration garden, visitor’s center, and a children’s garden. Brian will bring us up to date on all the exciting plans for the
Our meetings are free and open to the public.
The Clifton Center address is 2117 Payne Street. Directions are on their
Social Dinner With Sierrans
Join us for fellowship and food each month on the third Friday of each month. Please click the Social Dinner Schedule
link on the right to learn which restaurant the group will meet at this month,
and for the details on who to contact.
Stay informed About Louisville Events!
Sign up to receive our monthly
Louisville Group E-Newsletter. Just click on the link - it is quite easy.
(Please choose "Greater Louisville Group Newsletter" in the GROUP [3rd] section).
We send local outings, and additional event info in the Group Newsletter.
Overall, have you ever hiked the Knobstone Trail? Have you seen the Jefferson County Memorial Forest close up?
Sierra Club outings will explore these areas, and many more. There is an Outing
in Jefferson Memorial Forest in January; see the monthly email newsletter for
Red River Gorge, Kentucky
(More lovely pictures at the Outings page).
Also, ending Mountaintop Removal Mining is an ongoing focus of the Sierra
Club's Kentucky activity. We have members hiking and water
testing in eastern Kentucky on a regular basis to document environmental stress, to talk with residents,
and to support legal challenges which have stopped permits.
For additional outings info, click
Also see Inner City Outings.
We have a Greater Sierra Club Facebook page.
Please "Like" us, write on the "Wall," and do all those other good Facebook
activities that will connect our membership!
Greater Louisville Ex-Com
Our Executive Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m,
at the Clifton Library on Frankfort Ave. Let us know what matters to you. We welcome
new members and fresh ideas!
Have ideas for Programs? Hikes? We’re listening. Our general meetings every third
Tuesday are open to all!
Watershed Watch Stream Monitoring
Ever wonder what a healthy waterway should look like? Wonder about the
chemistry and biology of our waterways? Here are opportunities to really
get involved. Volunteers are needed for the
Watershed Testing programs, (also known as Water Sentinels). You must have training to participate.
Salt River Watershed Watch
Trainings are held each spring, and
sampling dates are coming up. Visit the
Salt River Watershed Watch website,
http://kywater.org/watch/salt/index.htm, for more information.
Contact person is Sarah Wolff,
432-2677 cell, or email Sarah Wolff.
(Also recommend checking the
Cumberland Chapter site).
2015 Spring Schedule:
March 26 Annual Meeting—University of Louisville
Training: (exact locations to be determined)
March 7—Center College, Danville
April 11—Breckingridge County
April 18—Trimble County
April 25—Jefferson County
May 16—e coli
June 1-30—biological and habitat assessments
The Salt River Watershed Watch, (also know as Salt River Basin) is the closest watershed watch program for Greater Louisville.
Kentucky River Watershed Watch:
KRWW also holds training sessions that will teach you how and what to look
for. Surf over to
and click on "Schedule of Events" for more information.
Mountain Top Removal
Sierra Water Sentinels have ongoing research into the effects of valley fill
from Mountain Top Removal. If interested in that, please contact
Lane Boldman. To become a
water tester, contact Darlene Rusnak, email@example.com .
For additional information, you can also look at the
Cumberland Chapter site on water testing.
Become an Outings Leader!
If you are willing to lead an outdoor event, such as a walk/hike of one hour, all-day, or overnight,
or biking, canoeing, etc., we would love to have your particpation. Please talk to
Joan Lindop, or Panaena or Joe Bina.
Outings Leader Training sessions are held twice a year. Contact
Joan Lindop or
Panaena and Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metro Louisville Sustainability Plan
The Greater Louisville Sierra Club submitted comments on the draft Metro
Louisville Sustainability Plan. We suggested that because of the severity of looming climate change, Metro
Louisville should be much bolder and more active in the Sustainability Plan. The
Mayor and Office of Sustainability did make some changes. Read our
and the finalized Plan here.
Pictures of the Greater Louisville
Sierra Club in action:
We have a link to a nice album of pictures of us in action,
taken by Mark Atwell. Click on the Pictures link in the
left-hand green column, or
Climate Change Report
The U.S. Global Change Research Program released a report recently that
summarizes the science and the impact of climate change on the United States, now and
in the future. It discusses climate change impacts in different regions of the
U.S. and the effect on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water,
agriculture, and health. Here is a link to the full report:
You can also browse around on their website to check out different pieces of the
Also note www.theclimateproject.org.
It has a good
Southeast Region section, which pertains to us.
There are many exciting and adventurous outings offered throughout the
Louisville area and the state. Outings include hiking, backpacking, service
outings and more! Check out this
Outings Link for more information!
Interested in working on outings with Inner City children in the Louisville
Area? Contact Kevin McAdams at (502) 494-7040 for more information.
We have the challenge and opportunity of working with the Metro Government,
letting our voices be heard. We should be attending some meetings of the Council
and getting to know the players. Also, if there are speakers or topics you would
like us to address at Monthly Meetings, please let us know. Contact
E-Mail Addresses Wanted
If you are willing to receive 1-2 emails per month with reminders about the Greater Louisville Sierra Club activities, please send an e-mail to
If you want to join a conversation about what's happening in the Metro Area, we
suggest you attend one of Mayor Greg Fischer's gatherings. For information on
dates, times, and locations, click
Join up and help out
TO HELP the environment, meet great people, and enjoy the outdoors?
If your zip code begins with 400, 401, and 402, then you're in the
Greater Louisville Group area.
Join us. For information about groups outside this area,
click here. For monthly e-mail updates about our activities, e-mail
Volunteers Needed to Attend APCD Meetings
APCD (Air Pollution Control
District) meets every third Wednesday of each month. If you can get to these
meetings, please do. The environmental interests are seldom represented!
Grass roots OUTRAGE
can clean up our air. Each member of Metro Council individually needs to hear
our concerns. And the Air Pollution Control District (City Agency) has
stakeholder committees. The APCD contact person is
Volunteers are also needed to attend:
- West End Task Force meetings (every third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the NIA Bldg)
- Planning Commission meetings (Thursday afternoons at Jefferson & 6th)
The business & ethical case for energy efficiency
Municipal electric utility CEO Glenn Cannon gave this presentation last year to
a large audience in the Midwest. It offers ideas based on solid experience for doing well in a
carbon-constrained world. [2.8 Mb]
For more information about events, or questions on web site content,
e-mail Joan Lindop,
Volunteer Webmaster: Wallace McMullen