House Committee Advances $100,000 in Yarmuth Funding for Chickasaw Park Riverbank Erosion Study
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) announced the inclusion of $100,000 in funding for a feasibility study to address severe riverbank erosion in Chickasaw Park. Yarmuth’s request was included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies bill.
Yarmuth secured the funding request through the House Appropriations Committee’s Community Project Funding process. The legislation will now head to the House floor for consideration.
“Chickasaw Park is not only a vital part of the Louisville Metro Parks system, it holds a significant place in history for Black Louisvillians and in our city’s historic and ongoing fight for racial and environmental justice,” said Yarmuth. “This study would help address ongoing erosion issues along the Ohio River that jeopardize West Louisvillians’ access to the river. The protection and preservation of Chickasaw Park’s 61 acres are a priority of mine. I’m thrilled that my request was included, and I look forward to the full House approving this bill in the coming weeks.”
The funding would enable Wilderness Louisville to conduct a feasibility study concerning ongoing erosion issues and bank failure problems along the park’s shoreline of the Ohio River. The study—conducted with the support of the United States Army Corps of Engineers—would evaluate potential construction remedies and allow the project to be eligible for future federal funding, which would be supported by local matches to complete design and construction.
The effort to study the ongoing erosion issues at Chickasaw Park was a key recommendation of the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative in their 2016 Master Plan, intended to create equitable opportunities for residents to connect with outdoor spaces. Historically, there have been disparities in both infrastructure and programming initiatives that serve the outdoor education, recreation, and stewardship needs of West Louisville residents.