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.
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.