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Hatchery Creek Stream Restoration

Enhancing outdoor recreation and habitat

Russell County, Kentucky
 
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If you build it, they will come

Hatchery Creek is the outlet for the Wolf Creek Dam Trout Hatchery located immediately downstream of the Wolf Creek dam, which forms Lake Cumberland. Water level fluctuations below the dam impaired trout spawning within the Cumberland River. Using in-lieu fee funding, KDFWR hired the design-build team of Stantec and EcoGro/Ridgewater to design and build an extension of Hatchery Creek 6,000 feet downstream to create a self-sustaining trout stream capable of supporting trout spawning.

We completed a geomorphic assessment, preliminary and final design, assisted with permitting, hydraulic modeling, jurisdictional waters determinations, construction observation services, as-built survey, and post-construction monitoring. The project design included a variety of stream types including A, C, and D channels. In the braided D-channel sections, a variety of wetlands and vernal pools will also be constructed. The lower portion of the project includes a step pool system designed to promote fish passage from the Cumberland River up into Hatchery Creek to allow for spawning. The project also includes a fish migration barrier on the upper portion of the project to separate areas with different fishing restrictions and to limit movement of larger spawning trout up into areas with minimal fishing restrictions.

The design consists of approximately 6,000 linear feet of channel with dozens of oxbow features, and numerous in-stream structures including toe wood, log vanes, boulder clusters step pools, and a variety of riffles. Spawning gravel will be imported into the site to provide suitable habitat for spawning.

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