HENDERSON, Ky. - Henderson city and county officials on Wednesday announced what they called a milestone in the years-long effort to reduce flooding along Canoe Creek.
Some $2.5 million has been spent in recent years to widen and remove trees and snags from miles of creek, with one notable section: the mouth of the creek at the Ohio River, through which all the stormwater must ultimately flow.
The land along both sides of the last winding mile of Canoe Creek is owned by The Nature Conservancy, which has declined to permit heavy equipment on the property because of the presence of the Tennessee leafcup, an endangered perennial wildflower.
But after months of negotiations, city and county officials on Wednesday morning signed an agreement to purchase the 71.8 acres from the organization for $133,000, to be funded by an existing grant received from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.
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