“Gully of the Drums” in Jefferson County

When Jun 18, 2024
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where United Crescent Hill Ministries (or online)
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The Greater Louisville Sierra Club invites you to hear from one of UofL’s recent Masters in Sustainability graduates, Sam Satterly, who will present her research into Jefferson County’s “Gully of the Drums” and its historical connection to the Superfund site, “Valley of the Drums.”

The “Valley of the Drums” is one of the most infamous Superfund sites in EPA history. At this site Arthur L. Taylor operated an uncontrolled and unregulated industrial chemical waste dump, where over 17,000 steel drums and 142 chemical compounds were inventoried.

Just beyond the Valley of the Drums site boundary lies a lesser-known contaminated area that has been neglected, overlooked, and ignored by local, state, and federal officials.

The site, informally dubbed the “Gully of the Drums,” is located in municipally owned Jefferson Memorial Forest, and was also used as a location for Mr. Taylor’s dumping operation.

Sam Satterly is a recent graduate from the University of Louisville Master’s program in Sustainability. Satterley’s interest in the Jefferson Memorial Forest goes beyond her love for it as a place of personal refuge and renewal. She also works for Louisville Metro Parks as the Forest’s guest services supervisor. Since 2021, Sam has been conducting research into the history of CERCLA legislation, legal liability, and the potentially responsible party for the Gully of the Drums.

Learn more and register online here.Sam Satterly investigated a hazardous waste dump known as the “Gully of the Drums” in Jefferson Memorial Forest, a Louisville public park, while she was a graduate student at the University of Louisville. Credit: Courtesy of Sam Satterly

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