January 15, 2010


      The Leavenworth Fish Hatchery has lost its federal stimulus dollars.

For now, the proposed dam and pump house system on the Icicle River is on hold. It is unclear if the estimated $10

million project will proceed as proposed, or if Fish and Wildlife will go back to the drawing board


       Acting Leavenworth Hatchery Complex Manager Steve Croci said the stimulus

dollars are off the table because of engineering problems that delayed the water intake project.

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those engineering problems are not insurmountable, but they could not be solved in time to qualify for the

stimulus funding. However, Croci says they will still work towards making improvements to the aging 70 year old


       Croci says the public will be kept informed of the new process at the

hatchery, and will be included in some form of public process. For now, the delayed draft Environmental Assessment

of the current project is also on hold.



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