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Water in KentuckyNatural History, Communities, and Conservation$
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Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168685

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168685.001.0001

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The Mighty Elkhorn

The Mighty Elkhorn

Our Home Creek

(p.88) Chapter Ten The Mighty Elkhorn
Water in Kentucky

Zina Merkin

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter highlights aspects of water’s call to the human spirit from a personal perspective. It raises questions about values, priorities, and policies as communities look to the future of water scarcity. In addition to playing a fundamental role in daily life, water is also important psychologically and culturally. How can communities preserve water for animal habitats, scenic beauty, and recreation as well as drinking water and irrigation? The history of Elkhorn Creek in Franklin County illuminates the efforts of people joining forces to preserve access to this valuable creek and illustrations the love of water developed through recreational activities like whitewater paddlesports that drives communities to protect water quality and access.

Keywords:   Whitewater, Recreation, Volunteer groups, Access, Organizing, Emotion

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