Beargrass Creek – exploring an urban stream

Beargrass Creek drains 61 square miles of Jefferson County; it has three forks — Muddy, Middle and South which empty into the Ohio River. It is a typical urban stream that has faced years of abuse and neglect, channelization, and the direct discharge of raw sewage, but still has significant ecological and aesthetic beauty.

Map created by Sara Marian Deurell

Map created by Sara Marian Deurell

 

The area is being transformed. In addition to the work on Louisville’s Waterfront Park, there are several large projects working on Beargrass Creek and it’s water quality:

  • Project Win, MSD’s 850 million dollar waste/storm water renovation;
  • the proposed Waterfront Botanical Gardens;
  • the reclamation of the Louisville Police tow lot;
  • a new Water and Sustainability Education Center;
  • the 9th Metro council district’s Green Triangle;
  • and a planning effort by the Metro Louisville Sustainability office to restore the riparian area of the creek.