GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (March 30, 2012) — Ohio River Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., (TMMK) to have Harrison County High School students participate in restoring Beaver Creek, in Harrison County, Kentucky.
Apple Lane in Harrison County is a small road that crosses Beaver Creek, a tributary to the Licking River. The road floods during high water, creating a transportation hazard. County officials are partnering with Ohio River Foundation to remove the road and install a bridge, which will improve transportation safety and restore natural flow to the creek.
“We have developed a workable model that enables us to help communities achieve the social, environmental, and economic benefits of river protection and restoration. We applaud Harrison County for having the vision and ambition that this project requires and hope that other communities will follow its lead,” said Rich Cogen, Executive Director of Ohio River Foundation. “Furthermore, unique to this project is the participation of high school students in assessing ecological conditions in and around the creek before and after the restoration work is completed. It provides a unique hands-on real-world learning situation for students and it would not be possible without the support of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.”
Ohio River Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving the Greater Cincinnati area and the 200,000 square mile watershed with educational and conservation programs. Formed in 2000, the organization assists communities along the river and throughout the watershed in protecting their quality of life and works to improve the public’s awareness of the importance of protecting and improving the natural environment in the Ohio River watershed.
For more information about how ORF can help your community, or how you can support its efforts, please call Rich Cogen at 513-460-3365, or visit ORF’s website at www.ohioriverfdn.org.
TMMK began operations in May 1988 and currently employs about 6,600 full time team members. Its operation represents Toyota’s largest manufacturing facility in North America with the capacity to build 500,000 vehicles and engines annually. Its products include the Camry, America’s number one selling sedan for 10 consecutive years, the Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Venza.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.