Love the Lake: Group to hold a celebration of Herrington Lake Saturday

Published 7:15 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, the Wilderness Trace Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will hold a Love the Lake event in an open field on Kings Mill Road. The event is free and open to the public.

It’s aimed to get neighbors out to learn how the community can help to protect the resource.

Group member Julie Pease says it will include multiple agencies and organizations who will talk about “the issue and challenge to the lake they deal with, and then what the public can do to help.”

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Pease said those organizations will also be available to answer questions throughout the event. “Our issues are coal ash, agricultural pollution, septic systems, algae and then we’ll finish with the Danville Water Treatment plant,” she said.

This will be a family-friendly event, with live music by Conrad Shiba and Joel Klepac; hot dogs; activities for the kids; door prizes and more. A couple of kayaks and paddle boards will also be made available for folks who would like to try them out.

Although admission is free, the chapter said donations are greatly appreciated.

“As residents who recreate on the lake and drink its water, we are concerned about the threats to the lake, mostly caused by humans,” Pease said. “We have asked those dealing with these issues to speak about how the public can be better stewards of this wonderful resource.”

The list of participating organizations and each topic includes:

• Clark’s Run Environmental and Educational Corp. — tributaries study results

• Kentucky Resources Council — coal ash

• Kentucky Waterways Alliance — agricultural pollution

• Boyle County Health Department — septic systems

• Boyle County Solid Waste Department — litter and illegal dumping

• The University of Kentucky — algae

• Danville Water Treatment Plant — drinking water

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is a grassroots organization with more than 1,200 members across the state. The Wilderness Trace Chapter serves Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer and surrounding counties.