Under Bowling Green Karst Groundwater
Human impacts to karst regions are frequently unintentional and/or ignored since there is limited public exposure to caves and karst environments and the connection of these features to water resources. This is true even in iconic Bowling Green, Kentucky, which is among one of the most extensively studied karst landscapes in the world, due in part to its close proximity to Mammoth Cave National Park and Western Kentucky University. To fill this existing void in public knowledge about karst landscapes, the Hoffman Institute has partnered with the Bowling Green Public Works Department to develop and research the effectiveness of an informal karst groundwater awareness educational campaign, titled Under Bowling Green. Through the use of multiple informal education techniques, such as interpretative signs, infographics, an educational website, and multi-media productions, the Institute is working to communicate about the interconnectedness of karst systems and their relationship to groundwater in an effort to elicit changes in community behaviors and attitudes and improve public karst knowledge, and spark curiosity and ownership about karst groundwater issues by the general public. To learn more about the project and review educational website created as part of this initiative visit: UnderBGKY.org.