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Hatchery Creek Stream Restoration

Enhancing outdoor recreation and habitat

  • 6K

    Linear Feet

  • Russell County, Kentucky

    Russell County, Kentucky

Helping the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources to protect a threatened fish species

Hatchery Creek is the outlet for the Wolf Creek Dam Trout Hatchery located immediately downstream of the Wolf Creek dam, which forms Lake Cumberland. When water level fluctuations below the dam impaired trout spawning within the Cumberland River, the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) needed a design-build team to step in and find a solution.

Using in-lieu fee funding, KDFWR hired Stantec and EcoGro/Ridgewater to design and build a downstream extension of Hatchery Creek to create a self-sustaining trout stream capable of supporting trout spawning.

We completed a geomorphic assessment, preliminary and final design, and 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, and we constructed a variety of wetlands and vernal pools in the braided D-channel sections.

Plus, we designed a step pool system in the lower portion to promote fish passage from the Cumberland River up into Hatchery Creek, allowing for spawning. We also imported spawning gravel to provide suitable habitat for spawning.

At a Glance

Design/Build Team
Stantec & EcoGro/Ridgewater
Meet Our Team

Michael F. Adams, Jr., Principal

At its core, a river is the manifestation of water, sediment and wood, moving across the landscape, driven by gravity.

George Athanasakes, Vice President, Ecosystem Restoration, Environmental Services

We analyze natural processes driving ecological functions and incorporate these processes into designs to create self-sustaining ecosystems.
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Jennifer Caroland-Shaw, Design Visualization Specialist

You won’t lack inspiration if you keep stretching your skills. There’s always another solution to make the next project better than the last.
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Cody Fleece, Principal, Aquatic Ecologist

I love finding novel solutions to difficult problems.

Wanda Lawson, Principal

Ecosystem restoration is an amazing, yet challenging endeavor and a great ecosystem restoration project is incredibly rewarding.

Michael F. Adams, Jr.


George Athanasakes

Vice President, Ecosystem Restoration, Environmental Services

Jennifer Caroland-Shaw

Design Visualization Specialist

Cody Fleece

Principal, Aquatic Ecologist

Wanda Lawson


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