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KY Stream Team offers free repairs to eroding stream banks

From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

-- Thousands of landowners in five eastern Kentucky counties are receiving notices in the mail from the Stream Team from the 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 hurt downstream fisheries," according to 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."

While any stream in Kentucky can be considered for the program, 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 Fish and Wildlife could still be eligible. For more information, including additional requirements, visit http://fw.ky.gov/streamandwetlandrestoration.asp.

Landowners also may contact B.J. Jamison with the Stream Team, at (502) 564-9802 or by email: bj.jamison@ky.gov.

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