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Kooskia Hatchery to Receive Stimulus Money

by Associated Press
Local News 8, April 8, 2010

LEWISTON, Idaho - The Kooskia National Fish Hatchery is receiving $1.25 million in stimulus money for updates that will cut energy costs and otherwise improve the facility.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the funding.

Hatchery manager Adam Izbicki says an old chilling system that cools water drawn from Clear Creek for chinook salmon egg incubation will be replaced with a smaller, more efficient chiller. He says it could cut electricity usage from $12,000 a month to half that or less.

The funding will also replace old pumps and install a permanent concrete wall at the hatchery's water intake system along Clear Creek to replace concrete blocks that wash away when the creek floods.

The Kooskia hatchery is managed by the Nez Perce Tribe, but owned and funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Information from: Lewiston Tribune

Associated Press
Kooskia Hatchery to Receive Stimulus Money
Local News 8, April 8, 2010

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