Payne Street Rain Barrel Pilot Project

Some Clifton residents will soon have the opportunity to receive rain barrels and have them installed at no cost to them, as participants in the Payne Street Rain Barrel Study & Downspout Disconnection Pilot Program. The project will work to improve water quality and eliminate combined sewer overflows into Beargrass Creek.   The Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is teaming up with the 9th District Green Triangle, 15Thousand Farmers and Sustainable Clifton to educate the public on the benefits of rain barrels and downspout disconnection, as well as improve the water quality in our community. 

The project’s target area is Payne Street from Charlton to S. Bellaire, with some addresses on Quarry and Angora Court included. See a map of the project area. Through the project, residents of Payne Street and a few surrounding blocks will be approached to receive rain barrels for free or through reimbursement from MSD.  The work to install the rain barrels and complete the downspout disconnection will be performed by volunteer groups and will be at no cost to residents.

Participation in this program is critical to understanding the real benefits of rain barrels and eliminating the overflow in Beargrass Creek.  MSD Representatives will explain the program fundamentals and provide rain barrel installation & downspout disconnection demonstrations on February 21 2012, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Clifton Center Reception Hall, 2117 Payne Street.  If you live in the target area, drop in during this time to learn more about participation in the program.  If you have questions about this project, please contact Wes Sydnor with MSD at 502-540-6274.  If you live in the project area, are unable to attend the meeting on the 21st and would like to participate in the project, please email Paula Glasford at

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