Bonnieville, population 185, isn't big. But they have a big problem with Bacon Creek.
Hilary Lambert is with the Kentucky Watershed Alliance. She says, "There's some problems from human waste and animal waste. And then there's a real problem - silt, runoff from farmland. And then there's a little bit of a problem with spring application of fertilizer. That kind of thing."
Now the mayor and the Bacon Creek Watershed Council are working to change all that.
Rose Bostic is mayor of Bonnieville. She says, "We're trying to clean up Bonnieville. We're cleaning up the creek. We've been cleaning up and down the roads. And just wherever we find trash, we're putting it in bags."
Some of the stuff they're finding is too big to go in trash bags.
Bostic says, "Well, there was a big water heater. And there are all kinds of things, tires and wheels. And there was a mattress and a box spring."
In the summertime, Bacon Creek is a popular place for kids to play, wade, and swim in the water. And with the spring cleanup in full swing, now they'll have a safe place to do that.
Lambert says, "The message we're trying to send to folks is to make Bacon Creek cleaner for the future."
Bostic says, "I would like for them to see what we're getting out of the creek and off the sides of the road. And please try to tell everyone they can see not to throw things like this. Not to throw it in the creek. It not only looks bad, but it harms the environment."
Mayor Bostic hopes with the community's help, Bacon Creek will be restored to its natural beauty.
Bostic says, "So, we'd just like to bring the creek back to life again."