District 7 E-Newsletter

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1107


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Logan Fogle

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Phone Numbers
of Interest

 Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 574-7275

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Property Valuation Administration: 502-574-6380

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447

National Tell a Joke Day


August 16th

Do you get this joke?  My three favorite things are eating my family and not using commas.

Hint:  A comma is definitely missing! Lol

In this Issue

Message From McCraney

According to Thucydides, an Athenian historian and general, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it. 

In December of each year the Metro Council elects the Council President. It is then the responsibility of the President to appoint Councilmembers to chairmanships of Committees. There are 10 Metro Council Committees.  In December 2020, President David James asked me to chair the Committee on Equity and Inclusion.  Given my banking background, I thought I would be best suited to chair the Labor & Economic Development Committee and mentioned to President James that I would prefer that Committee. He informed me that he had already appointed someone to chair that Committee, and he strongly encouraged me to serve as chairwoman of the Equity & Inclusion Committee. Despite my trepidation, I accepted. After all, it's a privilege to be asked to chair a Council Committee, and not everyone on the Council gets the honor of serving in this capacity.  

I had to research what exactly an equity and inclusion committee chairman is supposed to do. Equity and Inclusion is a new committee for Metro Council; it was formed in 2020. When I studied the subject, I discovered that many corporate and nonprofit organizations were beginning to weave into their culture departments called Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).  The first website I visited (turknett.com) offers certification in DEI. On the front page of this website, the following questions are asked: When you hear the words "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"...Do you shut down?  Do you sit in guilt?  Do you get angry?  Do you stop listening?  Do you feel hurt and pain?  Do you know who to talk to?  Do you feel passionate about leading change?

Wait. What?  Is that what diversity, equity and inclusion is about - feeling shut down, guilt, angry, pain, etc.?  It wasn't until I read the last question that I could actually answer in the affirmative. I could relate to that one; I do feel passionate about leading change. Those questions intrigued me, and in researching further, I learned that DEI means:

1. Diversity - Increasing diversity, including race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age (dis)ability status and political perspective.

2. Equity - Working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination; equal opportunity for all persons without discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

3. Inclusion - Pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. 

Next, I had to determine how all of this related to local government. I concluded that as chairwoman of the Committee on Equity and Inclusion, I would work with the committee members to mitigate the effects of bias in all areas of local government by studying and promoting programs and initiatives in the areas of service delivery, hiring practices, leadership development, community engagement, workplace culture, and if necessary, I would enact laws (ordinances) that assist in the mitigation of said effects.

Since becoming chairwoman of the committee, we have discussed the following hot topics: the 14th Amendment; Broadband Access; Pay Equity; Equity in Job Postings, Job Descriptions and Pay Equity throughout Louisville Metro Government (LMG); Equity in Contracting and Procurement in LMG; Artificial Intelligence; Critical Race Theory; and Equity in the Justice System. All of these topics made for engaging conversations, and we learned quite a bit. A couple of the topics were deemed controversial, and they created media buzz.  

Each round seems to go higher and higher, and with each new "hot topic" people are getting increasingly anxious. I am starting to understand why those questions were posed on that website. Is it possible that people, including some committee members, are shutting down, sitting in guilt, getting angry or feeling hurt and pain? 

According to the Council rules, committee chairmen/chairwomen set the agenda. This means that it is up to me to determine the topics, choose the speakers and contact the Metro Council Clerk, so that she can post the agenda in advance of the meeting.  I have established agenda topics for the entire year and asked committee members to work with me to recommend speakers or other topics that they feel the committee should address. It would be easy for me to shy away from hot topics and only place on the agenda non-critical topics. But, that is not what leaders do.  Leaders, especially elected ones, must tackle hard subjects.

Imagine you are walking along and see an old, empty paint can in the road. Do you pick it up and throw it into the nearest dumpster – or, do you kick it down the road? Leaders who want to avoid conflict or prefer to sail through meetings without doing any heavy lifting, if they answered the metaphorical question honestly, would admit that they tend to kick the can down the road: the “can” being any tough issue that really needs to be addressed. However, tough issues never go away unless they are effectively dealt with. They just keep coming back time and again.

It takes leadership courage to tackle the tough issues and stop kicking the can down the road. Courage is necessary because when you put a critical issue on the table, things might blow up. People might become angry or upset. They might be offended. Some might even storm out of the meeting. But if you don’t address the tough issues, you will never reach optimal productivity or outcomes. The can will always be in your way to trip you up.

The next Committee on Equity and Inclusion meeting is this Thursday at 4:00 p.m.  The topic is "Reparations - What it is and What it is Not."  This is considered a very hot topic and somewhat controversial. It is a topic that has been discussed for many years, and if you ask 100 people to define exactly what reparations are or should look like for the people who are asking for it, you would receive 100 different definitions.

This is the very reason why I decided to add this topic for Council members to consider. The topic is not going away. In fact, one of the newer Council members campaigned on the subject and came to the Council with reparations as an agenda item to consider. When I started studying the issue, I read where some people want American descendants of slavery to be paid monetarily for damage done due to legal chattel slavery. Some people think that local governments owe reparations to its citizens.  And some people believe that all black and brown people should receive reparations regardless of their ancestry or lineage. 

In preparation for Thursday's meeting and to write a reparations resolution in support of H.B. 40 of the 116th Congress, I studied this topic in great detail and have adopted the following beliefs:

1. The subject of reparations is polarizing, and unless studied, debated and defined, will continue to be polarizing and divisive. To minimize the polarization and bring peace of mind to all citizens about this issue, it must be dealt with once and for all.  

2. Even highly informed intellectuals lack a shared understanding of what the word means.

3. The subject matter must be studied in detail by the United States Congress (this is what H.B 40 supports).

4. Reparations should NOT be paid monetarily by a local government.

5. Reparations (redress) could be presented in a variety of ways; but again, must be studied extensively to determine what that would look like.

6.  No one should be made to feel like they are personally responsible for what took place over 400 years ago. Slavery was legal, yet immoral, brutal and unjust. But no one person living today is to blame for that atrocity and dark period in our U.S. history. 

7. Reparations is a system of redress for egregious injustices, and are not foreign to the United States. Native Americans have received land and billions of dollars for being forcibly exiled from their native lands, Japanese Americans were paid over 1 billion to those who where interned during WWII, and via the Marshall Plan, people of Jewish descent received reparations for the Holocaust. 

To be honest and transparent, I am slightly nervous about presiding over this meeting on Thursday, simply because so many people are afraid to have an intelligent and civil conversation about the subject matter.  As a result of a Courier-Journal article and a WDRB story about the Committee on Equity and Inclusion taking up the issue this week, I have received two emails from gentlemen who expressed their disdain and disapproval of any form of reparations payment to Black Americans. 

Look, I get it.  Trust me when I say that is why I was courageous enough to add it to our agenda to discuss. Before I studied the subject, I didn't know all of the who, what, when, where and why of reparations. I was intrigued by what I learned, and am excited about the possibility of sharing my new knowledge with the community.

According to a quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” The amount of courage it takes to do something can be measured by the amount of fear one must put aside in order to act.

Author, Tim Ferriss, said, "What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do." A leader’s moral courage provides the force of will to do what is right regardless of the situation and the costs the leader must incur.  Amelia Earhart once said, "Use your fear...it can take you to the place where you store your courage."

In his book, Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy wrote, “A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality.”  And lastly, one of my all time favorite cowboys, John Wayne, said, "Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway."

I will be saddling up on Thursday.  I hope you'll join me with an open mind to hear the debate, learn more about what reparations are and are not, and take away a newfound way to discuss the subject.  We will have a couple of speakers to lead us in the discussion, and then we'll discuss the reparations resolution that has been written with the intention of sending it to Congress to encourage the study of reparations (House Bill 40).

All Metro Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and  U-verse Channel 99.

The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk. (Click here and click on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.)  

OR access prior or current meetings here:



*Agendas for these meetings can be viewed using the following link:


*Click on this link to access the reparations resolution.


Muffins with McCraney Recap


This past Saturday marked the first in-person Muffins with McCraney in over a year. It was wonderful to see and hear from residents of District 7 and answer questions. Invited panelists were representatives from Public Works, Codes & Regulations, Planning & Design, LMPD, St. Matthews PD, and several District 7 mayors. Topics of discussion included street and sidewalk projects, development projects in the district and matters of public safety.

Thank you, Mayor Hagan, for allowing us to gather in Lyndon City Hall.  Your facilities are nice, and being there allowed us to social distance without much effort.  We appreciate your support and generosity.

Yep, we really do serve muffins at Muffins with McCraney. There's nothing better than a muffin, brewed cup of coffee, orange juice or water, and good conversation. Stay tuned for future events like the recent library tour and Muffins with McCraney, so we can continue dialoguing.  


Fun at EggFest 2021



I had a good time and saw a lot of great people of Louisville Metro and District 7 at this year's EggFest, on Friday, August 6th, outside Brownsboro Hardware & Paint store. 




EggFest is a community-wide cookout for charity featuring recipes cooked on the Big Green Egg.  It is a two-day event.  




Friday night was the people’s choice competition with lots of recipes to sample. Saturday, more than 50 cooks fired up the Eggs to see who could grill the best beef and pork.  If you missed the excitement, you missed a thrill. 


All of the proceeds were split between two local charities - Kentucky Harvest and Dawne Gee’s “A Recipe to End Hunger.”



Mark your calendar for next year and plan to attend the best, fun-filled fundraiser of all time, right here in the heart of District 7.


Kudos to Jim Lehrer, owner of Brownsboro Hardware & Paint, for his philanthropic spirit in support of people right here in the Louisville Metro area.

Notice of Public Meetings


MEETING DATE: August 30, 2021




For basic details of this case, please click here.

For specific case information, please call or email the listed case manager, Jon Crumbie, at jon.cumbie@louisvilleky.gov

If you have any questions, please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230. 

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MEETING DATE: August 30, 2021




For basic details of this case, please click here.

For specific case information, please call or email the listed case manager, Jon Crumbie, at jon.cumbie@louisvilleky.gov

If you have any questions, please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230. 

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New Zoo Director - Dan Maloney


Our newest Zoo director comes to Louisville from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has been the Deputy Zoo Director for Animal Care, Conservation and Wellness since 2010. In his role there, he helped raise funds for the JZG’s capital campaign, served as the Zoo’s point person with the AZA, planned and developed multi-million-dollar budgets and worked with staff to create unique guest experiences.


Maloney has served as General Manager for Life Sciences at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo, a Curator for the Wildlife Conservation Society and as Vice President and General Curator for the New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo, where he led the crew who remained behind during Hurricane Katrina. He’s also a proud and active Rotarian, having served as the president of the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville from 2019 to 2020.

He will assume the Zoo Director role in early October and replaces retiring Zoo director John Walczak, who has been with the Louisville Zoo for 36 years (including 17 as Zoo director).  Walczak said, “He will lead the Zoo, the staff and its volunteers confidently into a new era. He will be a strong advocate for our community as well. I leave the Zoo in good hands, and I look forward to watching and supporting the growth of this treasured cultural asset into the future.”


COVID-19 Update


We have come so far in our shared fight against COVID-19, and we should not stop now. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is considered one of the most contagious viruses in human history. With all of this in mind, we must remember one thing -- we can beat it together.

Here are the facts.

Louisville Cases

Louisville is classified as having a high incidence rate, or being in the "Red Zone", with >25 confirmed cases per 100k people (Louisville has 35.7 cases per 100k per Louisville Public Health & Wellness).Confirmed cases in Louisville have continued to increase this past week, up by nearly 2,000 more confirmed cases, according to the latest available data. These numbers show that cases are increasing, and Louisville is firmly in the high incidence classification status. 

The Vaccines Are Still Miraculous

The vaccines are amazing. They are not perfect. They were never going to be.

There is good reason to be confused by the data on the vaccines. Different vaccines have different rates of effectiveness. With the rise of the Delta variant, many are wondering how the vaccines will hold up. In a recent article in The Atlantic, Craig Spencer, an emergency medicine physician and director of global health in emergency medicine at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University lays out the case for the vaccines. 

The article discusses how the vaccines showed an efficacy of more than 90% when they were rolled out. "Breakthrough" infections still occurred, even before the Delta variant. They are nothing new, and are to be expected. Vaccines still help to prevent people from catching COVID-19. This is not to mention the fact that the vaccines are still serving their most crucial function: keeping people alive.

"Even with Delta, the likelihood of severe illness if you’re fully immunized is still a small fraction of the likelihood for the unvaccinated. Almost all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have occurred in the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. In other words, nearly every COVID-19-related death right now is preventable with vaccination." (Spencer)

From the Louisville Department of Public Health & Wellness:

"Currently, authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting fully vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection or transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others."


District 7 Vaccination Rates by Zip Code (as of 8/7)

40222: 58% have completed vaccination series. 65% have one dose.

40207: 63% completed. 71% have one dose.

40242: 54% completed. 61% have one dose.

40223: 60% completed. 67% have one dose.

For up to date data by zip code click here.

Click here for an extensive list of upcoming vaccination sites.

Masking up, per the Department of Public Health & Wellness:

Although the risk of infection and transmission for vaccinated persons is low, the Louisville Metro Public Health Department is recommending the use of face coverings for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in indoor settings due to the following factors:

• Vaccination coverage for the entire Jefferson County population is approximately 50.5%
• Vaccination rate for ages 12 to 18 in Jefferson County is at 7.2%
• Pockets of Jefferson County remain lower at 20% to 30% fully vaccinated
• Case counts in Red Zone (more than 25 positive cases/100,000 people per day), signifying high community spread is happening.
• High level of individuals with immunocompromising conditions (HIV, inherited immune
disorders, undergoing treatment with radiation or drugs that suppress the immune system, etc.)

View the full document on masks in Louisville here.

Click here to sign up for the Louisville COVID-19 weekly newsletter.


Anyone 12 and older can easily get vaccinated virtually any day.  The best way to access vaccines is at the website https://www.vaccines.gov/. Enter your zip code and vaccine sites near you will appear. You’ll find links to click and numbers to call.

For residents who don’t have access to technology or have difficulty using an online process, the staff at Louisville Metro’s COVID-19 Helpline, 912-8598, can assist with scheduling an appointment.

Eviction Prevention Program


More appointments are now available for the 2021 Eviction Prevention Program for household rental assistance. The Rent Assistance Program is funded by the U.S. Treasury. To be eligible for this program, you must reside in Jefferson County, suffer financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, be at risk for homelessness or housing instability, and have household income at or below 80% area median income. Renters receiving a subsidy are eligible for assistance with their portion.

Call 502-308-3344 or click here for more information.




Residents applying for a REAL ID license must present documentation from a list of specific, acceptable documents that meet federal guidelinesincluding: 

  • one (1) valid proof of identity (like a certified birth certificate or valid passport)
  • one (1) valid proof of social security number ( like a social security card) and
  • two (2) valid proofs of residency ( like a Kentucky driver’s license with your current home address or a utility bill dated less than 61 days).
  • Additional documentation may be required if an applicant’s name or gender doesn’t match on the four proof documents (like a marriage certificate or divorce decree if your names don’t match due to marriage or divorce). Applicants may need to reorder documents before applying if the documents do not display legal names (like a nickname printed on a social security card). A detailed list of acceptable documents and examples of when additional documentation may be required is available on the REAL ID website www.realidky.com. The online IDocument Guide quiz provides a customized list of documents an applicant will need to present. Some acceptable documents have strict requirements (i.e., no photocopies of birth certificates, no expired documents).

WHAT IF YOU WANT A REAL ID BUT AREN’T WITHIN YOUR RENEWAL WINDOW (six months before the current card’s expiration date)

  • Apply for a REAL ID license for $15, bring in the required documentation and the expiration date of your new license will stay the same
  • Once you have a REAL lD license and are within your renewal window, visit a REAL ID regional licensing office to renew your card for four or eight years. You do not need to bring in documentation again unless your name or address has changed.


Here are the new licenses and their corresponding prices. The prices are for licenses that are valid for eight years. Licenses valid for four years cost half as much.

  • New standard driver’s license, $43
  • New standard personal ID card, $23
  • New standard motorcycle license, $43
  • Real ID (previously known as "Voluntary Travel ID") driver’s license, $48
  • Real ID personal identification card, $28
  • Real ID motorcycle license, $48


Both standard credentials and Real IDs are acceptable to:

  • Enter federal facilities like museums and post offices
  • Apply for or receive federal benefits
  • Access health or life-preserving services
  • Constitutionally protected activities
  • Participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations
  • Operate a vehicle 
  • Vote or register to vote

The Real ID will allow you to fly domestically without a passport and is required to enter restricted federal facilities, such as military bases.

Farmers Market on Sundays

Now - Through October 31st | 12pm-4pm


3738 Lexington Rd, Louisville KY 40207

Our St. Matthews market hosts a weekly farmers market on Sundays from 12-4pm. In 2021 the market will run to October 31st.

Featured vendors include local farmers, food artisans and crafters who bring the best in just-picked produce, organic meats, fresh eggs, baked goods, preserves, ready-to-eat items, and hand-crafted goods!

2021 Vendors

  • Jackson Produce

  • Full Heart Farm

  • Eastward Gardens

  • Bakar Family Farm

  • Sweet Dreams Baked Goods

  • Naked Greens

  • Rankin Farm

  • Green Family Farm

  • Rochner Woodwork

  • Gifts Handmade by Natasha

  • The Leaf Lady

  • Dillon LLC

  • La Tres Jolie Flowers

Would you like to be a vendor?

Click Here to download an application! There is no cost to be a member, but we do require an application to be submitted.

City of Indian Hills Shredding Event


Louisville Abandoned Houses Program


Neighborhoods in west Louisville have an estimated 5,000 vacant and abandoned properties and lots. Addressing this issue is critical for our community.

The Metropolitan Housing Coalition will be offering a bi-monthly forum focusing on vacant and abandoned properties in Louisville. This is a free, bi-monthly forum focused on finding solutions in Louisville presented by the Louisville Vacant Properties Campaign.

Previous session videos are here

  • Session 5 – October 19 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Session 6 – December 21 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Recycling Cart Update


From Public Works: Starting this week, we are expediting the second round of deliveries with help from our contractor. If you have been waiting, we appreciate your patience!

We will continue to collect recycling from the small 18-gallon bins until January 1, 2022. You may drop off your old bin to be reused or recycled at the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Ave or one of the three staffed recycling drop-off locations. They should NOT be placed inside your recycling or garbage cart.

The new grant-funded carts are intended for households that did not already have a rolling recycling cart with wheels. If you already had a recycling cart and are experiencing overflow, consider purchasing an additional recycling cart or using a store-bought container that is 30-40 gallons, has handles, a lid, and is labeled RECYCLING. Only recycle what is accepted, crush containers, flatten cardboard, and recycle items loosely (not in bags). 


The new every other week recycling schedule is in effect. Keep up with the schedule by downloading the Recycle Coach app. Learn more about this recycling cart project at Louisvilleky.gov/RecycleMore. Set reminders and allow notifications to hear from us if there are issues or delays in waste collections.

Pop-Up Drop-Off Event


Saturday, August 28 from 10 am-2 pm

Pop-Up Drop-Offs are free recycling and large item disposal events for residents of Jefferson County.

Click here for more information.

Violence Prevention Training


The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods' One Love Louisville Ambassador Institute is meeting virtually! The program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for community members to make a difference in their neighborhoods. Training content will include Conflict Resolution, Mental Health 101, Suicide Prevention, Community Organizing and the Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention.

Participants will gain skills to take action and play their part in violence prevention. The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is confident that your participation in the Ambassador Program will be instrumental in our collaborative effort to create a safer Louisville.

This is a virtual event

Click here for more information.

Looking for a Job?


KentuckianaWorks helps job seekers in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties find jobs, education and training and connects employers with skilled, qualified workers. Last year, KentuckianaWorks placed 1,603 people in jobs and awarded more than 1,311 career credentials.

Click here to go to the KentuckianaWorks website.


Bancroft Food Truck & Music


Thursday, August 19 from 5-7 pm

Al Najma food truck will visit Bancroft on Thursday, August 19 from 5 until 7 pm. It will be set up on Maira Court. Musician Stephen Gould will provide live music. Feel free to pick up dinner and take it back home, or bring a chair or blanket and take this opportunity to gather with neighbors and relax. 

Click here for more information.

Golf Classic - Mark Your Calendar Now!


The Women's Cup


August 18th & 21st

The eyes of the domestic and international sports world will be on Lynn Family Stadium Aug. 18 and 21 for The Women's Cup, a first-of-its-kind international competition featuring European soccer powerhouses FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, and NWSL's Racing Louisville FC and Chicago Red Stars.

The Women's Cup is the most important international event our community has hosted since the Breeders' Cup, the Ryder Cup and Cyclocross World Championships. We need your help filling Lynn Family Stadium to reinforce the message that Louisville continues to embrace major events and that our hospitality industry city-wide is open for business.

For tickets and more information click here.

For group tickets call 502-568-2489 and hit option 2.

Louisville Jazz Fest - Iroquois Amphitheater


Limited seats available!

Back 2 Mac Silver Spring Jam


Sunday, August 22nd at 5 pm

Click here for ticket information.

Jazz in Central Park



Nature Fun Facts!

Kentucky has lots of water


Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska. The numerous rivers and water impoundments provide 1,100 commercially navigable miles (1,770 kilometers).

Bats are good for the economy


Bats tend to get a bad rap. The truth is, they gobble up lots of troublesome insects. In fact, they're so good at keeping pests away from our food crops that they save U.S. farmers alone at least $3.7 billion on pesticides every year. I guess you can say that bats are actually a significant factor in our agricultural economy.

The ocean produces up to 85% of the Earth's oxygen


Tiny sea-dwelling creatures called phytoplankton are actually the ones that produce the vast majority of the oxygen in our atmosphere: 50 to 85 percent to be exact. Though they're too small to see without a microscope, they live in the upper layers of water and use the same method plants do—photosynthesis—to convert sunlight into energy, creating oxygen in the process.

In 2016, when scientists found a method of determining age by examining the proteins in the lens of the sharks' eyes, they realized Greenland sharks lived to be between 300 and 500 years old!

Plant a tree, save the world!


A mature tree can absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In Chicago, trees remove more than 18,000 tons of air pollution each year.

Trees never die of old age


California holds the record for the oldest living trees. Some of the state’s bristlecone pines and giant sequoias are 4,000-5,000 years old. Methuselah, an estimated 4,852-year-old ancient Bristlecone Pine, is one of the oldest living trees in the world. 

Safety Reminder:



Metro Louisville now has an interactive map that will allow you to see what is happening in your neighborhood as well as others across the city. The map updates daily and if you choose you can receive alerts for your area by subscribing using the red receive alerts button on the page.  Click here to try it out: Interactive Map to Track Crime.



 Subscribe to Louisville Metro's Covid-19 e-newsletter for the latest news!



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