The grand opening of a large living stream exhibit with an underwater viewing and interpretive area will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Salato Wildlife Education Center.
The exhibit is sponsored by Toyota, which donated $300,000 for the project at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Game Farm.
The living stream will include a rock waterfall and a three-foot-deep plunge pool; riffles, cascades and a backwater area; a tunnel with a viewing area under the waterfall; a wooden foot bridge to view the waterfall; and a new walkway that connects to existing paths. The deepest pool in the stream will be about seven feet. The exhibit will have interactive panels and will be wheelchair accessible.
The Division of Fisheries will keep the stream stocked with a large variety of native fish. Fish species to be stocked will include longnose gar, channel catfish, rock bass, green sunfish, longear sunfish, warmouth, smallmouth bass, spotted Kentucky bass, rainbow darter, fantail darter, logperch, freshwater drum, central stoneroller, golden shiner, emerald shiner, bluntnose minnow, creek chub, northern hog sucker, spotted sucker, black redhorse and shorthead redhorse.
"We're putting in batches of fish in stages," said Laurie Davison, education administrator at the Salato Center. "Because they produce waste products, you have to allow a little bit of time for the water to reach an equilibrium again before you add new fish so it's not too much of a shock to the system."
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