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The Origin of Floyds Fork

Floyds Fork is 62 miles long, origination in western Henry County, Kentucky and flowing southwest to join the Salt River in Bullitt County. Floyds Fork tributaries add 105 miles in stream length, allowing the watershed to drain a 284 square miles. Named for John Floyd, a leader of a party of surveyors from Fincastle County, Virginia, who mapped the Louisville area in 1774, today the Floyds Fork watershed remains remarkably as John Floyd discovered it – a wealth of scenic vistas, riparian wildlife and plants, fossil beds, archeological and historical sites and recreational opportunities.

 Floyds Fork flows mainly through a series of wide alluvial plains, but at some point the stream channel is narrow and entrenched. Steep parts of the stream channel have revealed layers of Silurian Age (425 million years old) shale and limestone. Other parts of the stream channel have exposed Ordovician (450 million years old) and Devonian Era (375 million years old) fossils.

The Origin of the Floyds Fork Project

The Floyds Fork Web Site Project incorporates commitments from the Department of Planning and Environmental Management’s Division of Planning and Development Services, and the Office of Information Services of Jefferson County; the Louisville/Jefferson County Department of Parks, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), the Kentucky Institute for Environment & Sustainable Development, and the Louisville / Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC). Each of these organizations has a commitment to and a role in the management of the Floyds Fork resource and sees the proposed project as a means toward focusing attention on immediate policy issues.

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