For additional outings info, click
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.
“Inspiring Connections Outdoors” (ICO) needs leaders and volunteers
Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings program has changed its name to “Inspiring Connections Outdoors.”
There are 55 ICO programs nationwide, and one of them is in Louisville. The Louisville program is always in need of leaders and volunteers.
Please consider helping out with this unique and personally rewarding Sierra Club program. See more info
The Louisville ICO leader is Carol Hanchette. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also see Inspiring Connections Outdoors.
The Resolution urges Louisville to "aggressively pursue strategies... such as supporting solar
for new construction, adding solar on school and other municipal buildings, [and] streamlining the permitting
process for commercial and industrial solar installations..."
Louisville Sierra Club Resolution Encouraging Solar Use in
Louisville passed by Louisville Metro Council
This resolution has had a real impact. Metro Council members Rick
Blackwell and Bill Hollander introduced the same resolution to the Metro Council's Sustainability Committee.
The Sustainability Committee passed it, and it was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE FULL LOUISVILLE METRO COUNCIL on August 27,
The Sierra Club
believes in encouraging clean energy as part of our advocacy for
mitigating climate change. Therefore, the Executive Committee passed a resolution in July
Louisville to encourage and adopt more use of solar energy.
You can read the full text here.
Watershed Watch Stream Monitoring
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
Salt River Watershed
The Salt River Watershed Watch program, (also know as Salt
River Basin) includes all the major creeks in Jefferson County and Greater Louisville area. Everyone in Greater Louisville is in the Salt
River watershed which includes Harrods Creek, Goose Creek, Floyds Fork, and the streams of 11 counties. The water samples
volunteers collect (with a partner) will be analyzed at a state lab, and will be stored on the internet.
To register and participate, email
Jo Ann Palmer in the KY
Division of Water. (Also recommend checking the
Cumberland Chapter site).
Trainings are held each spring. Visit the Salt River Watershed Watch website, http://kywater.org/watch/salt/index.htm,
for more information.
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
For additional information, you can also look at the
Cumberland Chapter site on water testing.