When MSD bought 212 acres from
conservationist William F. Miles, he made preserving the land a part of the
business deal. MSD promised to make the acreage not need for the Floyds
Fork Water Quality Treatment Center
Working with the Metro Parks Department, the front acreage was turned into a park, named after now deceased Mr Miles. The back 75 acres contains the FFWQTC.
After reviewing the initial
design plans, MSD moved buildings and tanks to limit the footprint of
construction; then, only one tree had to be
Visitors often judge the site to be beautiful, especially for a water quality treatment center, but the real judge is nature. To date, the Beckham Bird Club has identified 101 species of birds in the park and FFWQTC. One species, Bewick's Wren, has never been sighted in Jefferson County in living memory. Beckham credits MSD's restoration of the ecosystem for attracting so many birds.
Linda Arnold, daughter of William Miles, is the technology teacher at Middletown Elementary School. She wanted a real-world project for her students to contribute to her father's memory. MSD suggested they build this section of MSD's web site, so others could learn more about all the birds that live or visit there. The students found suitable photos, got permission to use them and researched information about each species.
This section of MSD's web site is not complete, but students will continue to build it in the coming school year. MSD thanks Ms Arnold and her Middletown Elementary School students for their contributions to environmental education.
February 28, 2012