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Presentation at upcoming City Council meeting

David Dones of the Bardstown City Council will sponsor a presentation of the Bardstown Whitewater Park at an upcoming council meeting. Outdoor recreation opportunities in Bardstown are in high demand.

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Elkhorn dam to be removed

Dam removal on Elkhorn Creek is scheduled for March 8, 2021. The Elkhorn Creek Dam will be removed in early March, according to representatives of Beam Suntory. Beam Suntory operates the Jim Beam Old Grand-Dad plant located right next to the low-head dam....

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J. Richard Hill & Co. to develop a Bardstown vision paper

Looking for any and all ideas (i.e. Bring back the B&B, splash park around the courthouse, dam up the river to create a kayaking course, nothing is off limits. Original post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bardstown/permalink/2546689908742387/ I need some...

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Meeting with City engineer

I met with Larry today at City Hall. We discussed the modifications the City has been making to the rubble dam over the last couple of years on the Beech Fork River. He told me about the concerns the City would have with opening their river access to the public. We...

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Rock added to dam

The City of Bardstown has modified the rubble dam area of the Beech Fork maintaining a center channel. We have the hope this helps create a play wave for whitewater recreational use.

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Bardstown Tourism Board

Today the Bardstown Boaters presented the Bardstown Whitewater Park to the Bardstown Tourism Board at the Heaven Hill visitor’s center.

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Park Grant Oppurtunities

Recreational Trails Program (RTP)http://dlg.ky.gov/grants/federal/rtp.htm Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/ Not only could LWCF be of assistance but also the RTP if there are needs for trails to access the water if you...

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No Comments on Studies to USACE

There has been no comment from the Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding the Kenvirons study on raw water alternatives paired with RiverRestoration.org’s Preliminary Design Report of The Rubble Dam Improvement Project Municipal Supply and Whitewater Recreation...

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Looking at Grants

Today we take a look at what grants might be suitable for the Bardstown Whitewater Park project. This article in the Kentucky Standard outlines some of the details of the two possible grants. Land & Water Conservation Fund (http://www.nps.gov/lwcf) Recreational...

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Department for Local Government

I have been speaking with Jodie McDonald (Kentucky: Department for Local Government) about funding for the Bardstown whitewater park after getting connected with him through Jason Carey at Riverrestoration.org. I have learned that the park could qualify for in-stream...

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Whitewater Park on Kickstarter

The reconnaissance evaluation is complete. The cost estimate is in. $400,000 will make Kentucky’s first whitewater park a reality. — Kickstarter

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Preferred Options for Meeting City’s Water Needs

Sources at the City of Bardstown believe there is a — “need to maximize the Beech Fork source before adding expenses elsewhere.” That would mean the whitewater park would most likely be built at the same time the municipal water supply work was being done...

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Draft of Kenvirons Study Presented to City Council

The council accepted a draft of an engineering study that estimates the county’s water needs 20 to 30 years from now, and offered options for meeting those needs. The study was prepared by Kenvirons, a Frankfort-based environmental and civil engineering firm. The...

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Studies go to USACE

Kenvirons study on raw water alternatives paired with RiverRestoration.org's Preliminary Design Report of The Rubble Dam Improvement Project Municipal Supply and Whitewater Recreation Enhancements in the Beech Fork River is now being sent to the Corps of Engineers...

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Nolin Hydro Mitigation Project

Power owners at Nolin Lake, Nolin Hydro, LLC., may be looking for a mitigation project. It is being suggested to make contact and see if they are interested in considering improvements to the Beech Fork rubble dam (whitewater park) as mitigation for their FERC permit....

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Kenvirons, Inc., Riverestoration.org Joint Venture

Today Riverrestoartion.org asked for an update about the following discussions from February 28, 2011. Vaughn Willaims and Phil Meador work at Kenvirons, Inc. in Frankfort, Ky. Their firm is looking at Raw Water alternatives for the Bardstown water company. They have...

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City Engineers Still Pursuing Beech Fork as Water Source

More here: http://bardstownboaters.org/post/4440431526 The top vote-getter from the previous study was building a reservoir on the Beech Fork River, Meador said. The city currently pumps from Beech Fork to replenish Sympson Lake when necessary. One of the major...

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Bardstown Boaters: Beech Fork Whitewater Park Still An Option

Bardstown Boaters: Beech Fork Whitewater Park Still An Optionbardstownboaters: After reading the previous article from The Kentucky Standard, City’s alternative water sources being gauged, it looks like the whitewater park might still be a possibility in being built...

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Kiwanis Club Presentation

Today the Bardstown Boaters presented their latest findings on the Bardstown Whitewater Park to the Bardstown Kiwanis Club. Those in attendance including the new Mayor of Bardstown, Bill Sheckles, liked the presentation and presented good sets of questions afterwards.

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Grant Searching

As we search for grants, Jason Carey at Riverrestoration.org suggests that we sit down with the City and discuss looking for “water resource development” grants. Those will be more straight forward and the City probably knows the local process and the KY...

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Paddler’s Summit

On Friday November 19, the Bardstown Boaters participated in a one day Paddle Sports Development Conference at the offices of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. The purpose of the meeting was to have an initial discussion about ways to help promote and...

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Paddle Sports Development Conference

The Bardstown Boaters receive an invite to participate in a one day Paddle Sports Development Conference at the offices of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet set for November 19th.

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Paddling Coalition Update

Nick Hope and Kevin Nuss with the Kentucky Sports Authority are going to arrange a meeting in late Oct. or early Nov. Dawn Ballard will attend as a representative of Bardstown tourism along with representatives from the Bardstown Boaters.

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Paddling Coalition

Doug Davis at River City Canoe & Kayak spoke with the Bardstown Boaters about joining a State wide paddling coalition that would include several members of the Legislature and state Tourism Council of Economic Development to promote the sport of paddling...

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Heaton Will Not Seek Second Term

Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton announced his intention not to run for re-election in the fall at the close of Tuesday’s city council meeting, pointing to ongoing complications from his radiation treatment for throat cancer. Link to story

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Today in the Kentucky Standard

Engineering and preconstruction costs for the Bloomfield and Pottershop Road force mains is estimated to be $50,000 for the new fiscal year; the Corps of Engineers raw water study is estimated to be $27,000; and the Beech Fork/Rubble Dam study is estimated at $10,000....

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Meeting the City of Bardstown

The Bardstown Boaters met with the Mayor Dick Heaton, Larry Hamilton, Larry Green and Mike Abell to review preliminary designs and cost opinions submitted by RiverRestoration.org.The City was pleased with the report and would like pursue further examination of the...

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NCEDA Creative Community Think Tank

The Nelson County Economic Development Association held a community think tank meeting at the Talbott Tavern. The Whitewater Park was mentioned, along with others, as an idea to help draw younger professionals to Bardstown.

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Bardstown Boaters Opinions on Design

The Bardstown Boaters formally submitted our opinions on the Beech Fork project designs and cost estimate to RiverRestoration.org and the City of Bardstown. The boaters met on February 24, 2010 to review designs. The consensus among the Bardstown Boaters favor...

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Club Meeting

Received drafts of the Bardstown Whitewater Park preliminary design report, City of Bardstown Biological Surveys and Cost Opinions. These will be discussed at a Bardstown Boaters Meeting being held tonight.

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Whitewater Park Drawings

Two sets of whitewater park plan drawings came in today for the Beech Fork. They are titled, Beech Fork Municipal Supply and Whitewater Enhancements - Rendered Master PlanThe cost estimate is to follow.

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Stream Monitoring Project

The Bardstown Boaters have been asked to attend a meeting at City Hall to discuss a stream monitoring project. It will be on November 19, at 5:15 p.m.

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Current Status

Currently the Bardstown Whitewater Park is moving forward. The City wants to do it and has spent $17,000 towards the project so far. We have Riverrestoration.org on board to design it, and it’s all a matter of total cost. We are waiting to find out what that...

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Cost Estimate coming soon

Larry Hamilton with the City of Bardstown says that the cost estimate report is being prepared by Riverrestoration.org and will be out shortly.

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News on Cost Estimate In Progress

Jason Carey reports that the cost estimate for the bardstown Whitewater Park is coming soon and they are currently trying to figure out a mussel survey.

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Whitewater Study Bill Paid

The City of Bardstown billed the Bardstown Boaters, $2,500 for the club’s part in paying for the initial study performed by RiverRestoration.org in August of 2008. The club paid this part of the bill with the money that was raised through various fund raisers....

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City Council Passes Phase IIa

The City Council passed a resolution to move forward with part of Phase II from Riverestoration.org which will give the City a cost estimate on the whitewater and municipal water supply enhancements. The cost for this work will be $15,500. The City will be covering...

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Club Meeting

The Bardstown Boaters held a very productive meeting tonight at Bardstown Mills discussing future plans of moving forward with the whitewater park initiative.Phase I - Reconnaissance Evaluation of Municipal Supply and Whitewater Recreation Enhancements on the Beech...

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RiverRestoration.org Visits Site

Jason Carey with RiverRestoration.org visited the site for the whitewater park.And a few notes from the engineers visit this past Friday. He says the site is well suited for a whitewater feature. Costs will be lower than the “norm”. Roughly figures...

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Data and Reports

In preparation for a proposal and visit for enhancement of the Beech Fork grade control structure to include whitewater recreation, the following items are being gatherd by the City of bardstown to help streamline the process. Narritive of how well USGS 03301000 BEECH...

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City Hall Meeting

In attendance: Jason Ballard, Matt Peak & Spalding Hurst of the Bardstown Boaters, Dawn Ballard with the department of Tourism, Nicky Rapier with Economic Development, Mayor Dick Heaton, City Engineer Larry Hamilton, Administrator Larry Green and Financial Officer...

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Riverrestorations.org Site Launch

Working with Riverrestoration.org in the redesign of their website for trade towards bring in their engineers to provide a conceptual design of the Bardstown Whitewater Park.

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Contacted All Involved Parties

The Bardstown Boaters have contacted all the parties involved to begin a dialogue again about the whitewater park and to schedule a date for the conceptual designing phase of the whitewater park. The conceptual design work will be completed by the Stream Institute of...

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City setting up Conceptul Design Phase

The city is discussing whether the Tourism Commission or the City should be the primary applicant/sponsor. In the meantime they will be contacting the University of Louisville to discuss when they would plan to do the work and what will be needed to establish the...

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Tourist Board Promotes WW Park

The Bardstown-Nelson County tourist board talked of ideas and promotions for the area including the Bardstown Whitewater Park on Tuesday September the 18th. Here is what the Kentucky Standard reported in the September 19th edition of the paper. Proposed efforts to...

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Contacted Involved Bardstown Officials

Contacted all involved Bardstown officials, updating them on the current state of the Bardstown Whitewater Park. Suggested we continue researching whitewater feature designs by visiting other parks and by holding a meeting at the Rubble Dam of the Beech Fork. Updates...

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Meeting at City Hall

A meeting was held at City Hall in Bardstown. In attendance were Mayor Dick Heaton, City Engineer Larry Hamilton, UofL engineers Art Parola and Ben, Bardstown Boaters Spalding Hurst and Justin Janes and from Horizon Hoppers, Mike Hammons. This meeting was held to...

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Salt River Meeting

A meeting was held at the Salt River in Shepherdsville with University of Louisville Engineers Art Parola and Bill Vesely, Bob White, Mike Hammons, Bullit County Torism Commissioner Elaine Wilson. We looked at at the possibilities of a park on the Salt River. I...

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Texas Holdem Fundraiser

We held a benefit texas holdem tournament with 32 players, raising $800 for the whitewater park fund. This brings us to $2800 total at this date.

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City Hall Meeting

Conducted a meeting today with the Mayor Dick Heaton, City engineers Larry Hamilton, George Greenwell and Tourism member Nicky Rapier.The city is going to consult with an engineering firm they are currently working with on another city project and ask them a few...

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Meeting with Larry Hamilton

Had a meeting with Bardstown city engineer Larry Hamilton. Talked about the history of the rubble dam and the whitewater park in general.

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Site Assessment Money

With the rest of the funds secured, the Bardstown Boaters meet with the new Mayor, Dick Heaton, to discuss a $2200 donation from the city to go towards the site assessment from the McLaughlin Group. The mayor plans to make this request in February at the city council...

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Grant Money

Larry Green, City Administrator, begins finding possible grant money for the park. Grants Being Sought by City for Whitewater, Trails Possible Grant Money for WW Park

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Bob White

Bob White, a large proponent for the whitewater park, leaves the Kentucky Standard.Bardstown’s most outspoken proponent for outdoor recreational and environmental causes is moving on to a sister newspaper in Elizabethtown. Bob White has covered the Bardstown...

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Online Petition

Private donations begin rolling in for the site assessment of the Bardstown whitewater park. A petition is started to show support for the park.

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Poker Run

The Poker Run is held to raise money for the whitewater park site assessment. Over $900 is raised.The Kentucky Standard ran two articles about the fundraiser and the whitewater park.

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City Council Meeting

The Bardstown Boaters meet with the City Council to inform them of the whitewater park.About 20 people in support of a proposal to reconstruct a rock dam near the New Haven Road bridge over Beech Fork into a navigable whitewater feature showed up for a formal...

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McLaughlin Whitewater Group

The Bardstown Boaters begin talking to The McLaughlin Whitewater Group about having a site assessment completed at our proposed site in bardstown.

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Meeting with the Mayor

The Bardstown Boaters meet with Mayor Dixie Hibbs to discuss the project. She liked hearing our ideas and was very impressed with our presentations.

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Bardstown Tourism Meeting

The Bardstown Boaters have a fourth meeting with Bardstown Tourism.Right now we are researching other parks and compiling all the information we find. I hope to have an answer to every question concerning building a park in Bardstown answered by this meeting. Then we...

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Kentucky Standard

The Kentucky Standard reports there could be whitewater kayaking in Bardstown’s Future.

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Sports Marketing Meeting

The Bardstown Tourism Commission held a sports marketing meeting. The Tourist Commission invites you to attend a sports marketing meeting with Coach Steve Small on Thursday, May 18, 7:30 pm in the Fiscal Court room of the Old Courthouse. This open forum is an...

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