New hatchery scheduled for summer opening

 

Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife

A recent photo of the new hatchery

The Chief Joseph Hatchery is scheduled for completion in May and should be rearing chinook salmon in July.

The $49 million facility near Chief Joseph Dam will, by 2015, raise 2.9 million salmon a year to help replace the fisheries lost after the construction of Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams, which halted the upstream migrations of salmon.

It will employ 11 people once it’s operational. Currently 66 people are working at the site.

The project includes two acclimation ponds at Riverside and Omak, which will allow the young fish to get used to the river water before they are released.

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