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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Department of Commerce has provided $1,000,000 for PRIDE to continue its valuable environmental initiatives in southern and eastern Kentucky. Rogers secured this important funding in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 to promote environmental stewardship and education, as well as initiate and manage important water clean-up and wildlife habitat protection initiatives in the region.

“PRIDE is an essential part of ensuring that we preserve our region’s natural beauty for generations to come,” said Rogers. “PRIDE teaches the value of conservation through important clean-up efforts and ensures that our communities have access to safe, sanitary water. The empowerment that PRIDE brings to Kentuckians keeps litter out of our streams and forests and makes certain that our breathtaking landscape is second to none. Southern and eastern Kentucky is a more desirable place because of the PRIDE in our communities.”

PRIDE, which promotes Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment in 38 counties, was launched by Rogers and the late General James Bickford, former Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet. Since 1996, PRIDE has recruited more than 320,000 volunteers logging over 1.125 million volunteer hours, provided 29,556 homes with access to sanitary wastewater treatment, and cleaned up over 145,000 tons of trash. 

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit