Louisville MSD land available to extend Waterfront Park
MSD Chief of Operations Brian Bingham represented MSD at Mayor Greg Fischer’s news conference on April 10. MSD purchased 4.8 acres of land near 12th and Rowan streets last October for underground storage to lessen combined sewer overflows. When construction of the Ohio River Tunnel is complete, MSD will only need 1.8 acres as a service area. The balance of the land will be available for the expansion of Waterfront Park.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Give-A-Day Week of Service
MSD employees generously contributed their time to Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer’s sixth annual “Give A Day” week of public service, April 15-23. MSD personnel, who were joined in some events by Louisville Water and Stantec employees, demonstrated their compassion for our community by taking part in volunteer projects:
- Cleanup of the streets in the Main Office area
- Rain garden workshop at Maupin Elementary School
- Riparian Restoration and tree planting on Bartley Drive where MSD purchased homes in the floodplain and is restoring the land to a natural stream buffer
- Two cleanups at Beargrass Flood Pump Station & Karen Lynch Park
MSD personnel contributed approximately 162 service hours to Give A Day week, and non-MSD participants in these projects, including Dropseed Nursery, Louisville Water and Stantec, contributed another 38 service hours.
Building our Blocks
On April 14, 2017, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s Building Our Blocks expanded to the California Neighborhood. Building Our Blocks is designed to bring together city agencies, partner organizations and community leaders in day-long, collaborative efforts aimed at minimizing blight, deterring crime, beautifying neighborhoods and building hope—one block at a time.
In addition to speaking with residents about issues of concern and picking up trash, we had a drainage crew servicing the catch basins in the area.
MSD at BIA Louisville
MSD joined the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, Inc. for a community conversation concerning MSD’s Critical Repair and Reinvestment Plan on February 2, 2017, at the Price Weber Advertising Agency building.
MSD management networked with building industry professionals, and Executive Director Tony Parrott gave a presentation on Louisville’s wastewater, stormwater and flood protection infrastructure needs. He answered questions posed by the attendees, who were also given the opportunity to fill out our Community Input form.
Adventures in Water, October 11-13, 2016
The Adventures in Water Education Festival was held October 11-13, on the lawn at Water Tower Park. MSD display booths featured our wastewater treatment process and how stormwater affects our waterways. About 1,200 elementary students visited for a real-world extension of their classroom learning experiences.
Kentucky Construction Career Day, September 20-21, 2016
MSD was one of approximately 60 exhibitors at the 12th annual Kentucky Construction Career Day, sponsored by the Kentucky Construction Career Choice Council on September 20 and 21, 2016. Troy Smith organized MSD’s participation in this event.
Smith states, “This is a huge event for us. MSD is introduced to 2,500 high school students interested in the construction industry. We create excitement about MSD job opportunities through hands-on experiences, including a timed sewer pipe-cutting contest, confined entry experience, operating an excavator and operating MSD’s underground camera.”
Students come from numerous Kentucky counties, including Bullitt, Jefferson, Meade and Shelby counties attend the event.