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Duke Awards Funds to Banklick Watershed, Pollinator Habitat Initiative

Duke Energy Foundation awarded more than $250,000 to support environmental projects across the Cincinnati region, including a pair of projects in Northern Kentucky.

The grants, which the company announced during a ceremony at the Sharon Centre, are issued from the Duke Energy Foundation and provide funding for programs in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Each year, the Foundation chooses grant recipients that focus on strong conservation efforts, water quality, and environmental programs.

“Duke Energy continues to be an industry leader in moving toward a cleaner energy future to power our customers’ lives,” said Amy Spiller, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. “We’re committed to the environment and will do our part to recognize programs that advance this mission.”

The Banklick Watershed Council was awarded $25,000 for the Brushy Fork Woods and Wetland Preserve.

The grant will be used to preserve a unique natural wetland, prevent the loss of floodplain, and create a more than 100-acre contiguous nature preserve with trails in Kenton County. This project will expand the Brushy Fork preserve to protect an additional 50 acres of ecologically sensitive areas in Independence, a news release said. The area includes a high-quality forest and a wetland adjacent to the Kenton Conservancy's existing Brushy Fork property. This property contains one of the few natural wetlands in the Banklick Watershed and would create greenspace and passive recreation in a rapidly developing area.

Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation was awarded $10,000 for the Greater Cincinnati Pollinator Habitat Initiative, a collaborative of organizations working together with educational institutions to share knowledge and resources, determine best methods for habitat restoration and creation, and train the next generation of conservationists and scientists.

Its overarching goal is to increase the amount of pollinator habitats in the Greater Cincinnati region. The funds will support habitat creation, Northern Kentucky University’s research students, and collaborative events.

-Staff report

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