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Covington Looking To Save Monarch Butterfly And Improve Water Quality

Tana Weingartner

Covington plans to take greater steps in protecting the monarch butterfly and improving water quality in Northern Kentucky. These are the designated topics for Covington Neighborhood Collaborative's annual summit this Saturday.

The free event is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. The morning sessions will focus on development of special habitats for the monarch. The afternoon sessions will look at water quality issues.

John Niland, chair of the Summit Committee, says the monarch butterfly is important to Covington because the pathway they take in their migration to Mexico during the winter flies over the city.

"Because the monarch population has been declining over the years, we felt it would be important if Covington could do something to help reverse that," Niland says.

Niland says the Ohio River and the Licking River are also important to the city and they are hoping to find ways to do small things to improve the overall quality of the bodies of water.

The summit will feature keynote speaker, Christopher N. Lorentz, director of Thomas More College’s Environmental Science Program and Ohio River Biology Field Station.

Registration informationcan be found here.