And Sherman said a dialogue has been ongoing about antibiotic resistance based on the idea that the medicines are introduced to bacteria in the water. While some of that bacteria may be killed, others can adapt to resist the medicines, and then multiply, creating new strains of highly-resistant bacteria.
The Pulaski County ASAP has partnered with local police to establish several drop-off locations for unused medicines.
The Earth Day Celebration will feature a popular exhibit — rain barrels — except this time there’s a twist. While the barrels had been sold in the past, 15 of them will be given away this year thanks to a grant through the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA). Sherman said tickets will be given to all attendees, and the barrels — constructed and painted by SCC students — will be given away by raffle at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. during the event on Sunday.
“They will already be completely constructed,” said Sherman.
The SEEA grant has also allowed the planning committee to purchase a number of river birch and eastern redbud seedlings to give away, and heirloom tomato plants will also be available.
Local gardeners and farmers will also demonstrate the benefits of local food production.
And the grant also made several projects possible to SCC students, including those in Sherman’s “Special Problems in Biology” class. Students will present a demonstration on aquaponics, which is a sustainable food production system.
Sunday’s festivities will feature the usual suspects as well, a group of exhibitors that have consistently been some of the most popular.
Sherman said The Kentucky Reptile Zoo is always a hit among the event’s attendees. Reptiles such as an albino Burmese python, an American Alligator and a blue-tongued skink were some of the more popular creatures available in the past few years.