Funds go to help environment

IRVINE — Nearly $1 million in federal funds for environmental programs were announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles.

The money goes to Bluegrass PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment), which will use it for a grants program, environmental education in schools and communities, and in developing a plan to shape Central Kentucky's environmental future.

The funding was announced at the Green Earth Bio-Fuel of Kentucky site in Estill County.

Clark, Estill, Garrard, Lincoln, Madison, Montgomery, Powell and Nicholas counties are eligible for the programs.

Some of the money will be used to survey air and water quality, waste management resources, green space, storm water issues, and environmental awareness in the Appalachian Regional Commission counties that PRIDE serves.

About one-third of the money will be used for community and education grants, and funding for educator workshops. These grants will likely create and save Kentucky jobs, officials said. PRIDE will also develop and manage a water education program in schools and communities.