Fish and Wildlife FILO bill passes House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee

HB 513 is a byproduct of the final report from the FILO task force that was required by SB 261 during the 2021 Regular Session. 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) (PRESS RELEASE)On Thursday, lawmakers advanced a measure aimed at streamlining the process for procurement and purchase of properties for wetland and stream mitigation projects through the Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program. The measure, HB 513, is sponsored by Representative Jerry T. Miller of Eastwood.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) works with private landowners and others to identify stream and wetland restoration projects. Projects are funded from the mitigation Fund held in trust solely for repairing streams and wetlands. No state tax general funds or hunting/fishing license dollars are used. Projects are funded by the Fees-in-Lieu (FILO) of Mitigation Fund. Mitigation fund dollars are held in a trust in the state treasury solely for wetland and stream mitigation projects like these. The FILO program was established by the legislature in 2000 to create a mechanism that allows development to continue while ensuring that stream and wetland habitat improvements endure.

“Hunting, fishing and other wildlife-related recreation are vital to Kentucky’s economy, producing $5.9 billion in total economic impact every year and supporting about 70,000 jobs,” Miller said. “Public lands and waters draw residents and non-residents alike to all corners of the Commonwealth.”

HB 513 is a byproduct of the final report from the FILO task force that was required by SB 261 during the 2021 Regular Session. 

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm shared, “Clean water makes Kentucky’s fisheries and wildlife healthy. The FILO Mitigation Fund is integral to achieve our mission.”

Work done by the KDFWR stream mitigation team through FILO allows for areas like the Parklands of Floyds Fork to remain viable in an urban district. This year, they increased the amount of fish from 3,600 to 12,000, and expanded the number of stocking sites from two to five. The rainbow trout stocked in Floyds Fork average 9-inches long and are raised at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery below Lake Cumberland. It takes about 16 months to raise a trout to stocking size. Trout stockings in Floyd Fork will occur in February, March, October, November, and December.

For more information on HB 513, visit the legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov or click here.

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