Kentucky Stream Restoration Project – Knox County

Stream Restoration Kentucky Mitigation

Kentucky Stream Restoration Project

Fish Captured During Macroinvertebrate Assessment in Restoration Area

Wetland Development

BSC lead the environmental permitting effort for this coal mining permit located in Knox County, Kentucky. The project included consultation with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Historic Preservation Office, and the Kentucky Division of Mine Permits. Biological Systems Consultants prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) and supporting studies for the site. This operation targeted the Jellico and Bluegem coal seams using surface and auger mining methods and also included a deep mine face-up. The project consisted of enhancement and re-establishment of approximately 900 linear feet of intermittent streams.  The intermittent streams had been previously impacted by historic mining activities including a large dam removal. Riparian zones were replanted with native vegetation. BSC provided all of the design and permitting for this project.

Biological Systems Consultants worked closely with the regulatory agencies to obtain the needed permits to achieve a project that met the needs of our client as well as the standards of each agency and required detailed assessments of the potential environmental impacts from the proposed mine site on endangered species, streams and wetlands, and archaeological resources on this site. These assessments provided the needed scientific documents to allow for permitting of the NPDES, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and SMCRA permits required to begin the operation.

Natural rock and log vanes were used to provide stream habitat for macroinvertebrates and fish. Riparian buffers were successfully replanted and re-established.Target specific conductivity values and RBP scores were achieved.

Monitoring of this site was conducted annually for 7 years and the project has now been released based on the project meeting all of the conditions of the CWA permit.