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Challenge hopes to raise water awareness

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By Kenny Colston

Eager to highlight the county’s various creeks and watersheds, county government is partnering with several conservation groups to launch the first ever Amazing Watershed Challenge.

The event, set for Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is “loosely based” on the hit show The Amazing Race, organizer Carolyn Cromer said. It will take place at Sherwood Acres Farm, 3001 Ballard School Road in La Grange, she said, and feature various stations with conservation information.

“Mostly we want it to be fun for people,” she said. “We are encouraging kids to sign up. One member of each team will need to be an adult though.”

The stations will tackle subjects like best managing practices for cattle, a soil station, a map of the county watersheds, a bug/wildlife station, water quality and green infrastructure.

The top three teams will win prizes, including a family pool pass to the John W. Black Aquatic Center, a family plus dual membership to Kentucky Science Center and Louisville Zoo and two free nights at a Kentucky State Park lodge.

Cromer said participants will be scored on their knowledge from each station and the event isn’t a timed race where running is required.

She said the idea for the challenge came because there is so much going on with the county’s various waterways, including Curry’s Fork, Harrod’s Creek and more.

“There is so much happening right now with watersheds in Oldham County,” she said. “So I reached out to see if we could do something with all watersheds. When we all got together we thought something with a competition would be the best.”

The competition also has the support of county government.

“Fiscal Court is committed to clean water in our creeks and streams,” County Judge-Executive David Voegele said. “I urge every citizen to become aware of the watersheds around us and learn what can be done to keep them clean.”

The major sponsor of the event is Oldham Ahead, who is involved in the Harrod’s Creek watershed project. Executive Director Louise Allen said the group got involved to highlight that project.

“We thought it would be a perfect way to help with the education of residents on clean water,” she said.

Registration to compete in the challenge is open until Sept. 8. Cromer said team space is limited and children fourth grade and older are encouraged to participate. Registered participants will receive a t-shirt and be treated to lunch, she said. To register, click on the link at oldhamcountyky.gov or call 502-222-1476.

And while Cromer isn’t ready to commit to another “amazing challenge” next year, she said this wouldn’t be the last year for a watershed event.

“Because this is the first event, we want to wait before committing to it again,” she said. “But will we do some event in 2016.”

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