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Transylvania receives grant from Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to fund educational programs for improving stormwater quality

Stormwater grant presentation
Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry presents Transylvania sustainability coordinator Angela Dossett with Transylvania’s grant for water quality education.

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University was among the schools, businesses and neighborhood groups that received a grant to fund projects to improve stormwater quality in Lexington. Mayor Jim Newberry presented the grants at a news conference today.

Transylvania received a $4,878.75 educational grant for a year-long campaign focused on informing the university community about water quality issues. The grant requires a 50 percent match from the university.

The grant will be used for water quality monitoring and stream cleaning projects in the Town Branch watershed, interpretive signage at the university’s rain garden and other existing water quality facilities on campus, faculty/staff workshops and distribution of up to 25 rain barrels and 20 rain garden plant kits to faculty and staff who attend the workshops.

“The stormwater incentive grant is an exciting opportunity to focus on our impact on local water quality, as a campus community and as individuals, helping to position Transy as a leader in watershed protection in the downtown community,” said Angela Dossett, sustainability coordinator.

The Water Quality Fees Board selected 13 Class B grants, available to businesses and institutions, for funding this year through the water quality management fee. Seven grants involve installation of infrastructure to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff and six, including Transylvania’s, were for the provision of educational programs. Fourteen Class A grants were also awarded to community and neighborhood association, 10 earlier in the year and four today.