The Beargrass Creek Alliance is a grassroots, action-oriented group seeking to preserve Louisville’s greatest natural resource through community involvement. Our mission is to raise awareness about Beargrass Creek and to make it clean, safe, and accessible for everyone.
Upcoming BCA Events:
Storm Drain Program now accepting applications. Find out more here.
The Stormwater/Beargrass Connection
When we say ‘stormwater,’ we just mean rain or snow melt that doesn’t seep into the ground. In many parts of town, we have combined sewer and storm drains (known as combined sewer system or CSOs). A big rain storm can cause sewage pipes to overflow and then combine storm drainage and wash sewage into the creek. Pollutants like oil in the driveway or pet waste can also be washed into the storm drain or creek by stormwater. Rain gardens, rain barrels and water conservation during and immediately after storm events are just a few ways YOU can help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and overflow events which pollute OUR waterways.
Neighborhood Creek Project
The Beargrass Creek Alliance has developed a program to help get our neighbors involved in cleaning up Beargrass. The Neighborhood Creek Project is an education and outreach program that focuses on reducing stormwater by speaking to local groups about the issues. Then we ask interested folks in the group to host a Party with a Purpose (coffee with friends, a wine and cheese party, etc) to let their neighbors know that reducing stormwater is something we can all do at our homes. The Pledge is a tiered approach to taking these simple steps, from not running your washing machine on a rainy day to planting a rain garden with your neighbor, we can all do something!
If you or someone you know is interested in being a neighborhood volunteer, please let us know by contacting Tessa Edelen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 589-8008.
We can all do something to help! There are many ways to combat pollution caused by stormwater runoff in our communities. Watch the video below to see the issue through the eyes of 9-year-olds from the Bloom Elementary Media Club and 1st place winners of KWA’s Show Your Love for Beargrass Creek video short contest.
Notes from recent BCA meetings
Lower Beargrass Creek Watershed Map