Salt Lick Creek Restoration Design & Build (Bath County, KY)

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This project is the restoration and enhancement of approximately 5000 feet of Salt Lick Creek for the purpose of compensatory mitigation under the Stream Restoration Program and for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Salt Lick Creek watershed is relatively undeveloped with farmed bottomlands. Salt Lick Creek is an incised stream with eroding stream banks that was impacted by channelization, channel straightening, agriculture, and riparian zone removal. The goal of this project is to enhance wildlife and reduce stream bank erosion by restoring the stream to a stable geometry.

HMB, Beaver Creek Hydrology and Bluegrass Streams (contractor) combined forces on this unique design-build project. HMB was responsible for design, construction oversight and monitoring. The Salt Lick Creek project has both Priority I and II restoration. Floodplain excavation, rock cross vanes, log J-hooks, wood toe/sod mat, constructed riffles, root wads, trees and shrubs will be used to both stabilize the stream and create habitat.

In depth field data and hydraulic modeling was performed on this project to determine the design parameters. Numerous discussions with the landowner occurred throughout the project in an effort to address all of their concerns. Although not 100% complete, there has already been a noticeable increase in fish within this stretch of stream.

HMB and Bluegrass Streams (contractor) combined forces on this unique design-build project. HMB was responsible for design, construction oversight and monitoring. The Salt Lick Creek project has both Priority I and II restoration. Floodplain excavation, rock cross vanes, log J-hooks, wood toe/sod mat, constructed riffles, root wads, trees and shrubs will be used to both stabilize the stream and create habitat.

In depth field data and hydraulic modeling was performed on this project to determine the design parameters. Numerous discussions with the landowner occurred throughout the project in an effort to address all of their concerns. This project is now in the monitoring phase and there has already been a noticeable increase in vegetation and fish within this stretch of stream.

This project was the first design-build stream project performed for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

 

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