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White River Hatchery Hearing set for January 18th.

January 10, 2012

    A controversial fish rearing project on the White River above Lake Wenatchee is set

to get a final public hearing next week. Grant County PUD proposes building two acclimation ponds and four large

rearing tanks, among other structures, to raise endangered spring Chinook salmon.
    The

project is part of the Grant PUD’s federal mandate to mitigate for fish lost due to the Priest Rapids and

Wanapum Dams on the Columbia River.
    Critics oppose the project on what they say is one of

the last pristine waterways in the state. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner has more on the public hearing process with county

planner Anne Hessburg.
    If Chelan County Hearing Examiner Andrew Kottkamp approves the

permits, the PUD hopes to put a construction contract out to bid in March and begin building this spring. The new

facility would be operational in fall 2013.