This project is the largest stream restoration project taken on by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFW). HMB, partnered with Bluegrass Stream, LLC, previously utilized the design/ build method for this type of project on the Salt Lick Creek project. Proved as a successful delivery method, KDFW decided to implement it again on the Roger’s Gap project. This project involves the enhancement, reestablishment, and/or preservation of multiple named and unnamed streams on the Rogers Gap project site, located in the Kentucky River Basin in Scott County.
The project will include creating permanent stream crossings and access roads, which may be vegetated or graveled. There are approximately 152,725 linear feet of streams on the site, of which 100,593 linear feet have been proposed for some form of improvement generally referred to as “restoration” on ephermeral, intermittent and perennial headwater reaches. A wide variety of negative conditions exist in and along the streams. Some stream channels have lost connectivity with the downstream reaches through excessive sedimentation and splay areas of other causes. Coordination took place for the potential impacts to protected species, such as the Gray Bat and Indiana Bat. HMB also prepared a 401 and 404 permits for this project. Additional permits and clearances required include Section 106 and Section 7. This project is currently in the construction phase.