Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Visitor Center Construction Continues Despite Winters Deep Freeze
BY DOUG ALOISI, GENOA NFH
Workers installing insulation and wallboard in winter temperatures. Credit: USFWS
The Visitor Center is aptly named the Great River Road Interpretive Center due to the project receiving a grant from the Department of Transportation's Scenic Byway Program. The Scenic Byway Program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities, and State Highway 35 which intersect the hatchery has been selected as one of America's scenic byways.
North side of the building closed and insulated from winter's extremes.
Timeline for completion of the building is somewhat fluid due to weather and material constraints; construction completion is still planned for the fall of 2016. Exhibit design and construction will continue into the winter with building opening tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2017. The Genoa NFH staff is excited about the new center and looks forward to the benefits it will add to our outdoor classrooms and conservation education program.