Fisheries Program
Northeast Region
 

Facilities Management Accomplishments

Northeast Region - 2011 Projects

The following projects were funded in 2011 at a total of $1,790,000. The projects were engineered by the Fisheries Engineering Team in the Regional Office and then implemented at local offices using funds designated to repair, restore and upgrade existing facilities:

Northeast Fishery Center - Fish Health garage and Bio-security Building Construction Credit: USFWS
Biologists performing a mortality study. Credit: USFWS

Office: Allegheny NFH

Location: Warren, PA
Project: Modify and reconfigure settling pond
This project addresses pollution discharge compliance issues. Modification of the existing earthen effluent retention pond was required in order to meet Commonwealth of Pennsylvania National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements. Current Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) requirements mandate the settling pond for the hatchery is sealed in such a manner that seepage losses through the pond sides and bottom are minimized.
Cost: $528K
Status: Complete

Office: Allegheny NFH

Location: Warren, PA
Project: Deliver electricity to fish rearing raceways
This project provided for the installation of electrical outlets and lights in the two raceway buildings used for raising lake trout.  The electrical outlets and lights were needed to support fish tagging work that will be conducted in a 44-foot long fish tagging trailer driven through large overhead doors into the raceway building.
Cost: $189K
Status: Complete

Office: Allegheny NFH

Location: Warren, PA
Project: Replace waterline valves
Sixteen, existing 10-inch waterline valves essential to controlling water delivery needed for rearing lake trout are non-functional due to age-related deterioration. This project replaces each of those sixteen (16) water supply valves and provides a hydrostatic test of orchard valve water supply pipe systems in two (2) raceway buildings.
Cost: $204K
Status: Complete

Office: Craig Brook NFH

Location: East Orland, ME
Project: Emergency repair of waste water treatment plant
Repair the existing waste water treatment plant at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is a keystone facility in rehabilitation of remnant populations of Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment. A tertiary phosphorus treatment system in the facility's waste water treatment plant has failed. This system must remain operational in order to meet effluent treatment requirements prescribed within its Maine Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MEPDES).  An in depth engineering evaluation by a firm specializing in the operation and repair of waste water treatment systems was conducted and spelled out a series of required repairs to restore the system's functionality. Those repairs were undertaken as part of this project.
Cost: $41K
Status: Complete

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Emergency repair of 12" Water Supply Well
This well and its associated pump are responsible for water delivery and play a critical role in American shad and striped bass rearing.  The failure of the well's electrical supply infrastructure required immediate repair in order to prevent catastrophic fish loss.
Cost:  $35K
Status: Complete

Office: Eisenhower NFH

Location: Chittenden, VT
Project: Emergency electrical repairs
A comprehensive inspection of the hatchery in August 2009 revealed a series of critical issues with the hatchery’s electrical infrastructure. This project corrected a series of electrical code violations as well as a series of lingering issues with station well disconnects, electrical panels, grounding and implemented a series of upgrades expected to result in reduced electrical consumption.
Cost: $70K
Status: Complete

Northeast Fishery Center - Fish Health garage and Bio-security Building Construction Credit: USFWS
Pouring degasser foundation. Credit: USFWS

Office: Eisenhower NFH

Location: Chittenden, VT
Project: Emergency drum filter repair
This project focused on the in-kind replacement of an existing gear motor and internal waste trough in two rotating micro-screen drum filters. These components were destroyed when excessive slush caused by snow melt overwhelmed the filters. These filters provide solids filtration crucial to the proper operation of the facility’s ultra violet disease disinfection system. Without filtration upstream of the UV disinfection chambers there is no means to meet the stringent water quality requirements for effective disease disinfection because the disinfection process is negatively impacted by turbidity and total suspended solids. Were it not corrected, this condition would have exposed the hatchery to introduction of disease and catastrophic fish loss.
Cost: $19K
Status: Completed

Office: Eisenhower NFH

Location: Chittenden, VT
Project: Conduct Comprehensive Energy Audit
In accordance with DOI policy, a comprehensive energy audit was undertaken of all energy-using devices (water chillers, boilers, etc.)  at the facility. The audit was also focused on on energy conservation via the implementation of Tier 1 and Tier 2 measures and then the exploration of energy generation (wind, solar, geothermal).
Cost: $7K
Status: Complete

Office: Nashua NFH

Location: Nashua, NH
Project: Conduct Comprehensive Energy Audit
In accordance with DOI policy, a comprehensive energy audit was undertaken of all energy-using devices (water chillers, boilers, etc.) at the facility. The audit was also focused on energy conservation via the implementation of Tier 1 and Tier 2 measures and then the exploration of energy generation (wind, solar, geothermal).
Cost: $7K
Status: Complete

Office: White Sulphur Springs NFH

Location: White Sulphur Springs, WV
Project: Undertake alteration and renovation of first floor of quarters into office space
This project undertook the complete renovation of 12,479 square feet of Government housing constructed in the early-1900s. The existing space was gutted and remodeled from living space into office space for the Appalachian Partnership Coordination.
Cost: $360K
Status: Ongoing

Office: Green Lake NFH

Location: Ellsworth, ME
Project: Install water sampler for NPDES Compliance
In order to more accurately assess phosphorous discharge from the station's effluent and to meet State of Maine environmental guidelines, a refrigerated water sampler designed for automated sample collection in remote field conditions was installed in one of the drainage channels at the Green Lake NFH. This system will provide automated water sampling 24-hours per day and will accurately describe the amount of phosphorous released in the hatchery's effluent. The project also includes installation of a weatherproof enclosure/container to house the sampler and battery/batteries during operation.
Cost: $40K
Status: Complete

Office: White Sulphur Springs NFH

Location: White Sulphur Springs, WV
Project: Replace waterline valves
A comprehensive assessment of the station's mission-critical water delivery infrastructure revealed a series of underground waterline valves that, due to age, require immediate replacement in order to ensure the hatchery's continued ability to deliver water to fish rearing areas. This project replaced more than a dozen such underground values responsible for controlling water distribution across the hatchery.
Cost: $157K
Status: Ongoing

Office: Lamar NFH, Northeast Fishery Center

Location: Lamar, PA
Project: Construct garage and biosecurity area
The Fish Health Center provides critical disease diagnostic and screening services to a wide range of facilities across the northeastern United States. A wide array of field and laboratory gear is employed in the unit's role in disease prevention and containment, pathogen detection and isolation, disease diagnosis, etc. Unfortunately, existing facilities were inadequate to house and disinfect such gear. This project constructed a storage and bio-secure area proximate to the existing Fish Health Laboratory.
Cost: $126K
Status: Ongoing

 


Northeast Region - 2010 Projects

The following projects were funded in 2010 at a total of $907,500. The projects were engineered by the Fisheries Engineering Team in the Regional Office and then implemented at local offices using funds designated to repair, restore and upgrade existing facilities:

Biologists performing a mortality study. Credit: USFWS
Biologists performing a mortality study. Credit: USFWS

Office: Nashua NFH

Location: Nashua, NH
Project: Construct Shad-Rearing and Isolation Building
Project provides additional space to expand the hatchery's capacity for American shad rearing, address major biological risks associated with transferring multiple strains of salmon to this facility from intrastate and interstate Federal fish hatcheries, allow the Regional Fisheries Program to eliminate an annual lease cost of $8,500 and support collocating the offices of the Central New England Fisheries Resource Office at the Nashua National Fish Hatchery.
Cost: $402,000
Status: Completed

Office: Nashua NFH

Location: Nashua, NH
Project: Roof Repair
Rehab the asphalt shingle roof on office building.  A leak near the chimney was recently discovered which is allowing water to infiltrate the interior of the building causing water damage to the walls and ceiling.  An on-site inspection by Division of Engineering personnel revealed the source of the leak was related to issues related to the chimney. The project will re-point and re-flash the chimney. The roof repair is necessary to prevent severe water /structural damage to interior of building.
Cost: $2,000
Status: Completed

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Well Repair
An unforeseen loss of pressure in the well resulted in the pump failing to deliver sufficient water to support hatchery operations. Emergency replacement of the well's submersible pump and check valve was required.
Cost: $12,300
Status: Completed

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Chiller Repair
Replace a faulty valve in the hatchery building's water chilling unit. This unit allows the facility to cool egg incubation water temperature to a level safe for proper Atlantic salmon embryo development. The facility's mission is holding wild Atlantic salmon for continued production of genetically significant eggs to meet production goals of strategic restoration plans.  Emergency repair of this chiller coil was essential to prevent the loss of more than 4.0 million Atlantic salmon eggs which support restoration efforts on the Connecticut and Merrimack river programs.
Cost: $10,200
Status: Completed

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Repair Hatchery Water Filtration System
The unanticipated failure of the Micrologic PLC controls that operate the building's water filtration system jeopardized the biological function of the hatchery as the system is essential in maintaining adequate water flow for fish production. This Micrologic PLC device controls the system's valves, differential pressure switch, gauges, sequencing solenoids, automatic/manual backwash feature. This system is the key component in the hatchery's one year smolt production program for the Saco River and is imperative to produce a single shad fry beginning in late-May, early June.
Cost: $18,000
Status: Completed

Pouring degasser foundation. Credit: USFWS
Pouring degasser foundation. Credit: USFWS

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Replace Water Degasser System
The existing degasser was constructed in 1991 of marine plywood. It has exceeded it's operational life. The degasser is mounted in the attic of the hatchery building and leakage from the degasser has severely damaged the ceiling below, shorted out electrical lighting and infiltrated the egg incubation room. This situation not only jeopardizes the biological function of the hatchery but represents a critical safety issue for employees. Replacement of the degasser is required to mitigate the safety issue and because the unit's core function is to simultaneously remove excess nitrogen gas, which is harmful to incubating Atlantic salmon eggs, as well as oxygenate the water. The unit is essential to provide appropriate water quality for egg and fry production.
Cost: $72,000
Status: Completed

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Repair Waterline Break
Repair a broken underground water delivery line. The broken water delivery line is the sole means of water delivery to the hatchery from water well #5 and is mission critical to fish rearing activities. The facility's mission is holding wild Atlantic salmon for continued production of genetically significant eggs to meet production goals of strategic restoration plans.  Emergency repair of this waterline is essential to prevent the loss of more than 4.0 million Atlantic salmon eggs which support restoration efforts on the Connecticut and Merrimack rivers programs. This critical maintenance need was identified during a fiscal year 2010 Comprehensive Condition Assessment.
Cost: $4,000
Status: Completed

Office: Richard Cronin National Salmon Station

Location: Sunderland, MA
Project: Repair Chiller/Alarm
Replace a leaking coil in the hatchery building's water chilling unit. This unit allows the facility to cool egg incubation water temperature to a level safe for proper Atlantic salmon embryo development. All adult Atlantic salmon returning to the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon are held at the Richard Cronin NSS.  Emergency replacement of this chiller coil is essential to prevent the loss of more than 1.0 million Atlantic salmon eggs which support restoration efforts in the Connecticut River.
Cost: $77,000
Status: Completed

Office: Richard Cronin National Salmon Station

Location: Sunderland, MA
Project: Roof Repair
Replace the office building's asphalt shingle roof.  During the initial stages of the construction for ARRA-funded project to install a roof-mounted photovoltaic system on the building, it was discovered the asphalt shingle roof had suffered a series of leaks. Failure to replace the roof at the current time would have resulted in the subsequent removal of the newly installed photovoltaic system in the near future in order to repair the roof. This would have resulted in additional costs to install, remove and reinstall the roof-mounted solar array. Therefore funding was utilized to replace the roof prior to the attachment of the photovoltaic system.  The roof repair was also necessary to prevent water /structural damage to interior of building.
Cost: $20,000
Status: Completed

Office: Dwight D. Eisenhower NFH (formerly Pittsford NFH)

Location: North Chittendon, VT
Project: Roof Repair
Rehabilitate the hatchery building's asphalt shingle roof.  The roof is past its life expectancy, shingles are buckling and leaks are becoming more frequent. This building is the hub of mission critical fish rearing activities. The building is an integral part of the Lake Champlain Management Cooperative, participates in the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project and assists with Lake trout production for Great Lakes. The roof repair is necessary to prevent water /structural damage to interior of building.
Cost: $19,000
Status: Completed

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Rehabilitate Well – 8” Water Supply
Rehab 8" well to improve water distribution and avoid fish quality degradation or loss. Current water quality and quantity has been negatively affected by years of well use without redevelopment. The well needs to be reconditioned to maintain maximum efficiency and pumping capacity. If not redeveloped on a regular basis, sand clogs well screens and reduces flow efficiency.  There is also silt buildup which needs to be properly cleaned with acid.  This well and its associated pump are required for water delivery and play a critical role in American shad and striped bass rearing.  Failure to redevelop the well field will lead to reduced water volume, decreased life and an increased likelihood of failure leading to catastrophic fish loss.
Cost: $35,000
Status: Ongoing

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Remediate Water Damage to Hatchery Building
Shortly after the construction of this building, high water and localized flooding damaged the new building. Repair includes re-sloping and grading of an area 50 feet wide and 150 feet long to prevent future flooding. This building houses equipment vital to hatchery operations and is crucial to the facility's mission to culture American shad, river herring and striped bass for on going restoration efforts.
Cost: $12,000
Status: Completed

Father and son out fishing. Credit: USFWS
Father and son out fishing. Credit: USFWS

Office: Green Lake NFH

Location: Ellsworth, ME
Project: Replace Ultraviolet Water Disinfection System
The current UV system is more than 30 years old and far beyond its expected life. Bulbs and ballasts are no longer manufactured for the system rendering it obsolete and costly annual repairs are required to maintain the systems functionality.  The system is an essential component in preventing disease outbreaks in the hatchery's Atlantic salmon population. In order to continue to function, 1500 UV water supply disinfection ballasts and bulbs must be replaced with commercially available models.  The existing ballasts are known to contain cancer-causing PCB's. As they age, these ballasts become more and more likely to leak exposing employees to unacceptable health risks.
Cost: $150,000
Status: Completed

Replace an underground 16 inch water delivery line, repair the water delivery structure and replace sections of a collapsed access road that was undermined from water associated with the water delivery line's break. The broken 16 inch water delivery line is made of asbestos. Therefore, the project also include removal, handling and disposal of this known carcinogen. This waterline provides more than 70 percent of the water used by the hatchery for mission critical fish rearing activities.

Office: Green Lake NFH

Location: Ellsworth, ME
Project: Replace Ultraviolet Water Disinfection System
The current UV system is more than 30 years old and far beyond its expected life. Bulbs and ballasts are no longer manufactured for the system rendering it obsolete and costly annual repairs are required to maintain the systems functionality.  The system is an essential component in preventing disease outbreaks in the hatchery's Atlantic salmon population. In order to continue to function, 1500 UV water supply disinfection ballasts and bulbs must be replaced with commercially available models.  The existing ballasts are known to contain cancer-causing PCB's. As they age, these ballasts become more and more likely to leak exposing employees to unacceptable health risks.
Cost: $150,000
Status: Completed

Office: Craig Brook NFH

Location: East Orland, ME
Project: Evaluate Waste Water Treatment Plant
Evaluate and repair the existing waste water treatment plant at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is a keystone facility in rehabilitation of remnant populations of Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment. A tertiary phosphorus treatment system in the facility's waste water treatment plant has failed. This system must remain operational in order to meet effluent treatment requirements prescribed within its Maine Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MEPDES).  An in depth engineering evaluation by a firm specializing in the operation and repair of waste water treatment systems is required in order to determine the cause of the failure and to recommend repairs to restore the system's functionality.
Cost: $34,000
Status: Completed


ARRA Funded Projects

The following projects were funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) in 2010 at a total of $2,898,000. The projects were engineered by the Fisheries Engineering Team in the Regional Office and then implemented at local offices using ARRA funds designated to repair, restore and upgrade existing facilities:

Office: Craig Brook NFH

Location: East Orland, ME
Project: Replace Receiving Building Roof
Replace roof on the receiving building. The receiving building is a critical component of the Atlantic salmon program at Craig Brook NFH.  This building houses wild endangered Atlantic salmon parr collected from six rivers within the Distinct Population Segment [of Atlantic salmon].  The existing roof allows water intrusion into isolation rooms through skylights and other areas; water intrusion occurs in electrical panels and access points, posing a significant safety hazard.  Standing water from leaks is evident in nearly every room creating additional safety hazards, but it also promotes the growth of mold and mildew.
Cost: $144,000
Status: Completed

Office: Craig Brook NFH

Location: East Orland, ME
Project: Rehab Entrance Doorways on Receiving Building for Safety Code Compliance
Rehab the receiving building by installing five entry doors into the isolation bays. The receiving building is a critical component of the Atlantic salmon program at Craig Brook NFH.  The building houses wild endangered Atlantic salmon parr collected from six rivers within the Distinct Population Segment [of Atlantic salmon].  The original design of the Receiving Building included five isolation rooms with double passage doors on one side and garages on the other side of each room.  Several re-designs have been accomplished to date to add additional two rooms and divide the existing 5 rooms into 10 individual rooms.  Five of these rooms are now only accessible through garage doors which do not meet state or federal fire code for means of egress.
Cost: $30,000
Status: Completed

Office: Craig Brook NFH

Location: East Orland, ME
Project: Replace water Treatment Plant Generator
Replace the water treatment plant generator. The current generator is beyond its useful life and needs to be replaced. The generator is an essential component of the hatchery's fish life support system which is required to raise and hold endangered Atlantic salmon for seven Maine river systems. Additionally, because of the increased energy demand brought about by the construction of a waste-water treatment facility, the existing generator is now too small to meet and carry the energy demand.  During power outages, the current generator carries only the energy demand for fish cultural operations with no emergency power being carried to public areas or employee offices.  The outdated generator will be replaced with a higher capacity generator.
Cost: $99,000
Status: Completed

Office: Green Lake NFH

Location: Ellsworth, ME
Project: Replace Kal-wall Panels in Hatchery
Replace translucent Kal-wall wall panels in hatchery building that have deteriorated and shifted, leaving penetrations to outside environment. These panels were originally installed in 1978. Years of exposure to the elements have deteriorated them to a point where repair is no longer possible. The panels no longer provide a good heat seal or block the required amount of UV light necessary for successful rearing of Atlantic salmon used to support restoration and recovery programs.
Cost: $201,000
Status: Completed

Office: Green Lake NFH

Location: Ellsworth, ME
Project: Rehabilitate Ultra Violet Disinfection System
Redesign and rehab UV disinfection system. The current system's bulbs and ballasts are no longer manufactured rendering the entire system obsolete. The system is an essential component in preventing disease outbreaks in the hatchery's Atlantic salmon population. In order to continue to function, 1500 UV water supply disinfection ballasts and bulbs must be replaced with commercially available models.  The existing ballasts are known to contain cancer-causing PCB's. As the age, these ballast
s become more and more likely to leak exposing employees to unacceptable health risks. This project includes complete system redesign. Other costs associated with this project are the disposal costs associated with the PCB-laden ballasts and replacement, replacement of indicator lamps and replacing eight (8) deteriorated valve operators on discharge lines associated with the UV unit.
Cost: $156,000
Status: Completed

Office: Green Lake NFH

Location: Ellsworth, ME
Project: Replace Tank Room Heaters Replace a series of unit heaters (five) in hatchery tank room. The current heaters are used to provide a sufficiently warm environment for employees to perform mission critical work with Atlantic salmon reared for restoration and recovery efforts. Additionally, proper function of these heaters is crucial to ensure ambient temperature in the tank room remains above freezing. A failure of these heaters could result in the freezing or breaking of water delivery lines and catastrophic fish loss. These existing heaters are functionally obsolete requiring replacement with safer, more energy efficient models.
Cost: $16,000
Status: Completed

Biotech holding a snakehead. Credit: USFWS
Biotech holding a snakehead. Credit: USFWS

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Rehabilitate Water Supply Canal
Rehab water supply canal. A 2006 engineering inspection recommended abating silt infiltration and removing accumulated silt and debris from the 1.24 mile-long water supply canal which supplies water to all of the facility's culture ponds. Point source silt infiltration needs to be abated and nearly 3,000 cubic yards of debris needs to be removed to allow the unobstructed flow of water through the canal and to ponds used to rear American shad and striped bass. If not abated, this condition could completely obstruct water flow and result in a catastrophic fish loss.
Cost: $23,000
Status: Completed

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Rehabilitate Water Supply Canal
Rehab water supply canal. A 2006 engineering inspection recommended abating silt infiltration and removing accumulated silt and debris from the 1.24 mile-long water supply canal which supplies water to all of the facility's culture ponds. Point source silt infiltration needs to be abated and nearly 3,000 cubic yards of debris needs to be removed to allow the unobstructed flow of water through the canal and to ponds used to rear American shad and striped bass. If not abated, this condition could completely obstruct water flow and result in a catastrophic fish loss.
Cost: $23,000
Status: Completed

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Replace Water Intake #2
Replace water intake structure #2. This water intake structure directs water from the water supply channel to the fish rearing areas and is mission critical as well as essential to water delivery/management. An FY 2006 comprehensive condition assessment noted that various components of the water intake structure were crumbling and had broken screens. The structure needs to be replaced or rehabilitated in order to protect the facility's American shad and striped bass populations.
Cost: $21,000
Status: Completed

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Replace Main Culvert in Water Delivery Channel
Replace main culvert in water delivery channel. An FY 2006 Comprehensive Condition Assessment recommended replacing the existing 36" culvert with a 60" culvert including concrete head wall and bar rack to prevent debris blockage within the pipe. The culvert frequently plugs with debris causing the water flow through to the facility's rearing ponds to be blocked which jeopardizes American shad and striped bass survival. If not abated, this condition could completely obstruct water flow and result in a catastrophic fish loss.
Cost: $38,000
Status: Ongoing

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Replace Water Intake #1
Replace water intake structure #1. This water intake structure assists with directing water into the water supply channel and subsequently to the fish rearing ponds and is mission critical and essential to water delivery/management. An FY 2006 Comprehensive condition assessment noted the water intake structure is crumbling and has broken / improper screens. The structure needs to be replaced in order to protect the facility's American shad and striped bass populations.
Cost: $3,000
Status: Completed

Office: Harrison Lake NFH

Location: Charles City, VA
Project: Increase Office Building Energy Efficiency
The main office building requires extensive rehab to update and enhance its energy efficiency and to meet applicable federal sustainability requirements. This is the primary office building for the facility and is used by all employees on a daily basis in support of the rearing and management of American shad, striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, river herring, and freshwater mussels, and it is used by the public.  Nearly 1,400 square feet of insulation needs to be added to the attic. Windows are large and single pane, and they represent points of major heat loss.  This project includes replacing fifteen 6' x 4' windows and a 9' x 4' window with vinyl double hung windows.  The existing electric hot water heater (installed 1963) is extremely energy-inefficient and is not repairable.  Several un-insulated doors represent points of major heat loss. 
Cost: $45,000
Status: Ongoing

Office: Richard Cronin National Salmon Station

Location: Sunderland, MA
Project: Replace Water Storage Tank
Replace the facility's primary 10,000 gallon metal water storage tank with a tank of equal size and of similar function.  This 10,000 gallon metal tank serves as the station's main water reservoir, receiving water from each of the station wells and providing sufficient head pressure to deliver that water to the hatchery building where it is used for the rearing of Atlantic salmon used to support restoration activities on the Connecticut River. At 26 years old, this metal tank has reached the end of its operational life and needs to be replaced to prevent its unexpected structural failure. The unexpected loss of this tank for even a short period would result in the loss of all fish on station.
Cost: $71,000
Status: Completed

Office: Berkshire Trout Hatchery

Location: New Marlborough,  MA
Project: Replace Hatchery Lighting Fixtures
Replace old, inefficient, T12 ballast fluorescent lighting system throughout the entire hatchery/administration building with new T5 electronic lighting system and make minor upgrades to enhance energy efficiency.  The new lighting system and other changes will provide a significant annual energy savings, extending fluorescent bulb life and reduce annual maintenance and operations costs.
Cost: $23,000
Status: Ongoing

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Rehabilitate Fish Pond #5 for Fish Culture
Rehab fish rearing pond for use in fish culture. This pond has been out of use for over a decade. It is heavily overgrown with vegetation, the kettle is deteriorated, the water inlet and outlet valves need replaced and the main water delivery line needs repaired. Refurbishment of these ponds is now necessary as the hatchery prepares for the culture of a new species. With the removal of several dams, river herring restoration to the Bungay River and Ten-Mile River watershed has now become feasible and has been listed as a priority by two state partners (Massachusetts and Rhode Island). Once rehabilitated, this pond will serve as critical rearing habitat for river herring.
Cost: $19,000
Status: Completed

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Rehabilitate Fish Pond #6 for Fish Culture
Rehab fish rearing pond for use in fish culture. This pond has been out of use for over a decade. It is heavily overgrown with vegetation, the kettle is deteriorated, the water inlet and outlet valves need replaced and the main water delivery line needs repaired. Refurbishment of these ponds is now necessary as the hatchery prepares for the culture of a new species. With the removal of several dams, river herring restoration to the Bungay River and Ten-Mile River watershed has now become feasible and has been listed as a priority by two state partners (Massachusetts and Rhode Island). Once rehabilitated, this pond will serve as critical rearing habitat for river herring.
Cost: $23,000
Status: Completed

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Rehab Fish Pond #7 for Fish Culture
Rehab fish rearing pond for use in fish culture. This pond has been out of use for over a decade. It is heavily overgrown with vegetation, the kettle is deteriorated, the water inlet and outlet valves need replaced and the main water delivery line needs repaired. Refurbishment of these ponds is now necessary as the hatchery prepares for the culture of a new species. With the removal of several dams, river herring restoration to the Bungay River and Ten-Mile River watershed has now become feasible and has been listed as a priority by two state partners (Massachusetts and Rhode Island). Once rehabilitated, this pond will serve as critical rearing habitat for river herring.
Cost: $19,000
Status: Completed

Office: North Attleboro NFH

Location: North Attleboro, MA
Project: Connect Existing Well Line to Hatchery
A new water supply well has just been drilled. However, no funds are available to connect it to the water delivery systems. There are currently four operational wells on station. Well 2 is only used for loading distribution trucks. Wells 3, 4, and 5 yield a total flow of 750 gallons per minute (gpm). The water from two of these remaining three wells has become unusable due to high iron and manganese content and will cause fish mortality. Well 4 should be taken out of service and will become the second well to be abandoned due to poor water quality and output. The new well will be connected to the existing hatchery water delivery system to provide the quality and volume of water essential to returning the station that supports Atlantic salmon restoration to historic production levels. The new well will yield between 300 and 500 gpm of high quality water, providing the water necessary for hatchery operation, once the tie-in is complete. This will allow closing all other wells, resulting in a huge decrease in station electric demand and eliminating a large deferred maintenance backlog.
Cost: $303,000
Status: Completed

Office: White River NFH

Location: Bethel, VT
Project: Replace Hatchery Building Fluorescent Lights
Replace 120 interior fluorescent light fixtures in the hatchery/administration building with new, highly efficient, electronic lighting system. Completion of this project is expected to reduce the building's energy consumption by 31,000 kWh (kilowatt hours) annually and result in an estimated lifetime carbon dioxide reduction of 257 tons.
Cost: $33,000
Status: Completed

Office: White River NFH

Location: Bethel, VT
Project: Rehabilitate Hatchery Effluent Pipe
Rehab the hatchery's main effluent waterline. The existing waterline has been jeopardized through erosion of the riverbank on the White River. The erosion left nearly fifteen feet of the hatchery's main 42-inch outfall line extending unprotected into the White River. This condition predisposed the line to failure and impact from river debris which could damage or destroy the outfall. Should this occur, the hatchery would have no means to discharge effluent in a controlled manner. This condition could also result in damage to the wet well and other mission-critical water-delivery infrastructure and jeopardizes ongoing Atlantic salmon and lake trout restoration / recovery efforts.
Cost: $33,000
Status: Completed

Office: White River NFH

Location: Bethel, VT
Project: Replace Egg Incubator Stacks
Replace broken and leaking fish egg incubator stacks in the main hatchery building used for Atlantic Salmon Restoration. These trays are used annually to incubate and hatch 8-12 million Atlantic salmon eggs supporting restoration work and are mission critical. Screens and sidewalls in the existing stacks are broken jeopardizing egg loss and inhibiting the ability to segregate genetic family's which is required as part of the Connecticut River Salmon Restoration Program. These leaking trays also allow water to be mixed between the trays that negatively impacts fish health and represents a biosecurity risk.
Cost: $170,000
Status: Completed

Office: White River NFH

Location: Bethel, VT
Project: Rehabilitate Hatchery Electrical System
Rehab the hatchery electrical supply system. Existing panels and circuit breakers are beyond their life expectancy and have begun to fail. An architectural/engineering assessment in December 2008 identified a series of electric panels which were over-heating to the point of melting and exhibiting burn marks. This condition represents an extreme health and safety risk to staff and jeopardizes ongoing Atlantic salmon and lake trout restoration/recovery efforts.
Cost: $436,000
Status: Completed

Office: White River NFH

Location: Bethel, VT
Project: Insulate Ceiling Tiles in Hatchery
Remove and replace 4240 sq ft of existing uninsulated 24"x24" ceiling panels from the suspended ceiling systems in all heated areas of building and replace them with insulated panels. In fiscal year 2008, the cost of heating this building was more than $30,000. The added thermal performance of the insulated tiles will provide significant annual energy savings and reduce annual operating costs. Additionally, this project helps the Service meet  applicable federal sustainability requirements as set forth in: the Guiding Principles of the Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings; the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007; the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009; and Executive Order 13423.
Cost: $52,000
Status: Completed

Salmon vaccination at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery. Credit: USFWS
Salmon vaccination at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery. Credit: USFWS

Office: Dwight D. Eisenhower NFH (formerly Pittsford NFH)

Location: North Chittendon, VT
Project: Replace Electric Pump Panels
Replace outdated well pump electric panels in the hatchery building with a motor control center. The existing well pump electric panels have been in service for more than two decades and are functionally obsolete. New variable frequency drive controls should be installed to replace energy inefficient circuit breakers associated with well pump electric panels. The constant use of the well water supply to support ongoing lake trout and Atlantic salmon work has increased hatchery operating expenses. A modern, more efficient motor control center would greatly defray the cost of operating wells.
Cost: $63,000
Status: Completed

Office: Lamar NFH/Northeast Fishery Center

Location: Lamar, PA
Project: Rehabilitate Hatchery Building
Rehab the tech center's wet lab and hatchery building. The concrete raceways in the building's interior are cracked and spalled and should be replaced with circular tanks. The building's water delivery system which includes water tempering and degassing equipment is outdated. The building's roof is nearly 25 years old. Its shingles are past their life expectancy and small leaks have started. Ceiling tiles in the upstairs offices are warped and failing due slow leaks in the roof. The roof and ceiling tiles must now be replaced. Additionally, the upstairs offices require substantial remodeling and the wet lab area and public restrooms need to be remodeled to meet ADA compliance. The building is used to rear several species of fish including Atlantic salmon, American Shad, Lake trout and Atlantic sturgeon and supports technology development that assists restoration and recovery efforts for several aquatic species throughout the region.
Cost: $664,000
Status: Completed

Office: Nashua NFH

Location: Nashua, NH
Project: Replace Emergency Generator
Replace stand-by 110 KVA, diesel generator. This emergency generator was purchased in 1982. The unit has come to the end of its functional life and is requiring numerous repairs each year. The generator is used to provide backup power for the Atlantic salmon egg incubation water chiller. If the generator fails, all eggs held for Merrimack and Rhode Island Atlantic salmon restoration programs would be lost.
Cost: $213,000
Status: Ongoing


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