Kentucky Stream Team Offers Landowners Free Repairs To Eroding And Unstable Stream Banks

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Thousands of landowners in five eastern Kentucky counties are receiving notices in the mail from the "Stream Team." The mailer comes from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, which is offering to repair unstable or eroding streams at no cost.

"Unstable stream banks erode valuable soil and property and in turn hurt downstream fisheries," said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett. "Problems like bank erosion can – and should – be repaired. We have the funding available to make these repairs, and we can do it at no cost to landowners."

"Small streams are a very important part of Kentucky lands and its fisheries," said Fisheries Director Ron Brooks. "We are excited to have a program that meets the needs of working lands and clean water."

While any stream in Kentucky can be considered for the program, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is making a special effort in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties. The funds come exclusively from the Stream and Wetland Mitigation Fund. No general fund tax dollars or hunting/fishing license money will be used. The mitigation fund is a trust that was created solely to improve local streams throughout Kentucky.

There are criteria that have to be met. For example, the steams must be at least 1,000 feet long with banks that are eroding or unstable, and both sides of the stream must be available for repairs.

Any landowner who did not receive a notice from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife could still be eligible. For more information, including additional requirements, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov and look under the "Habitat Improvement" tab. Landowners also may contact B.J. Jamison with the "Stream Team," at (502) 564-9802 or by email: bj.jamison@ky.gov.