Hatchery Responds to Lawsuit

June 18, 2012

    Today we are looking at a new lawsuit being filed against the Leavenworth

National Fish Hatchery by landowner Harriet Bullitt. Bullitt seeks to stop the hatchery from diverting Icicle

River water into their wells in order to protect wild species. A similar lawsuit is also being filed by

environmental group the Wild Fish Conservancy.
    Hatchery Complex Manager Dave Irving said

he understands the concerns of the litigants, and the hatchery has been improving operations. But he is tasked

with raising salmon, and to do so the hatchery requires water. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner has more.

/>    Irving added that a National Environmental Protection Agency review process would be carried

out for any potential future projects at the hatchery.