Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for the McCreary County Water District

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

             Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the McCreary County Water District.  Funds will be used for the Riverwood Environmental Education Center Infrastructure Development Project.

            “Clean water is important to all Kentucky citizens,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This project will increase services to include the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and other future facilities.”

            ARC funds will be used to provide potable water service to the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and the PRIDE Riverwood Environmental Education Center to be constructed in the near future.  Funds will assist in the construction of 11,000 linear feet (LF) of pipe for the transmission of water to the area.

            Senate David L. Williams (R-Burkesville) stated, "Each year, Cumberland Falls State Park attracts thousands of visitors.  The ARC funding will help ensure that the services provided at our state parks continue to be the best.  This is one of several improvements planned for Cumberland Falls to make it a destination tourism attraction."

            The Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located within the Daniel Boone National Forest.  Due to its remote location, the park has operated its own water treatment plant and distribution system for over 30 years.  This system is outdated and is unable to comply with state and federal environmental regulations.

            “Proper water systems are important for the health of all Kentuckians as well as those who visit,” said Representative Ken Upchurch (R-Monticello).  “The project is important to the viability of Cumberland Falls.”

            The future PRIDE Riverwood Environmental Education Center will be located on a parcel of land adjacent to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.  The center will facilitate environmental education, research and adventure recreation for school children.  This facility will include dining and overnight residential accommodations for approximately 150 children.

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.