FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2009
Doug Aloisi, 608-689-2605
Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314
Anglers to Benefit from Improved Accessibility at Genoa National Fish Hatchery
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin will host a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 7th for a newly constructed handicap-accessible fishing dock on hatchery grounds.
The public and media are invited to the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on August 7th, 2009. Speakers will include staff from Rep. Ron Kind’s office, Dairyland Power Cooperative, the United Sportsmans Alliance and Fish and Wildlife Service. Interested media should contact Doug Aloisi, Genoa National Fish Hatchery manager at 608-689-2605 to arrange a site visit.
The fishing dock will be presented to the hatchery by Dairyland Power Cooperative through an environmental stewardship grant made possible through the National Fish Hatchery Volunteer Act of 2006. The Act, co-sponsored by local Rep. Ron Kind, allows for charitable donations to be accepted from outside parties to improve Federal fisheries facilities and serve their mission. The dock will provide access to a stocked pond at the hatchery site for special events for youth and handicapped anglers.
Youth from the United Sportsmans Association Make a Wish Program will be on hand to commemorate and participate in the hatchery’s first fishing event from the newly installed dock.
Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Genoa National Fish Hatchery was established in 1932 with the creation of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Its mission is working with partners to restore and maintain fish and other aquatic resources for the benefit of the American public.
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