When it comes to sustainability and the environment, Lexington is something of a bi-polar town.

On the one hand, our economic growth models are based on developing more and more of the bluegrass farmland that gives our home its unique character. The Hamburg, Coldstream, and new development behind the Harrodsburg Road Liquor Barn  are just the latest examples of irresponsible and downright unsustainable city growth. A drive around New Cirlce will showcase all the many ways we have neglected our (until fairly recently) agrarian, rural past.

On the other hand, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County government continues to take some surprising steps. I was just a wee lad when we got our first Herbie, at that time a somewhat revolutionary “device.” Rosie the Recycler has been around for almost 20 years (if not more). Most recently, LFUCG is making available Lilys, or rain barrels that you can attach to your gutters or otherwise place in your yard.

The cost of the barrels is $150. The City pays half, so the cost to you is only $75. If you don’t already have a rain barrel, consider getting one. Not only will these help with our current sewer/drainage problems, they can store and provide much needed gardening water during the dry months.

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