January 28, 2010
With stimulus dollars off the table, the Leavenworth National
Fish Hatchery must decide a new strategy for fixing their aging water intake system. At a public meeting held
yesterday in Leavenworth, Acting Hatchery Complex Manager Steve Croci said they were putting the project
momentarily on hold, and deciding on a new process.
The meeting was hosted by the
Leavenworth Hatchery Task Group, a new coalition of concerned citizens. The meeting signaled the gathering
strength of public opinion seeking to guide development of the Hatchery on the Icicle River.
And the new
proposal from the public may well include new water recycling technologies:
Group facilitator Dan Evans said there is a unique opportunity for the Icicle River.
Kaplan-Woolner sat down with a few of the principal parties behind these new ideas for the Leavenworth
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/> Much remains to be decided at the Leavenworth Hathcery. Complex Manager Steve Croci said Fish
& Wildlife and the Bureau of Reclamation are “stepping back and taking a breather.” KOHO News will
have an update as soon as the next phase of the water intake project is decided.