U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Region News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Diana M. Hawkins or

April 4, 1997                                     Vicki M. Boatwright



        U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PROJECT BENEFITS

GEORGIA RESIDENTS, VISITORS, AND RECREATIONAL FISHING IN THE REGION





U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees, residents of Warm Springs, Georgia, and other federal, state and local officials gathered recently to celebrate the completion of a construction project that will bring long-term benefits to area residents, visitors and promises a boost to regional recreational fishing.

The Service's Southeast Regional Director Noreen Clough told the crowd gathered for the March 21, 1997 ribbon-cutting ceremony that the Service is proud of its contribution to the area in replacing the Cold Spring House a facility that channels water to both the Service's nearby Regional Fisheries Center and the Town of Warm Springs.

"This project touches, in a very positive way, the lives of all residents of Warm Springs and the many tourists who visit this area," Clough said, noting that President Franklin Roosevelt's summer house in Warm Springs remains a popular tourist destination and was the only home the famous President ever owned.

The newly constructed facility, designed and built by the Service at a cost of a little more than $512,000, houses the artesian springs that provide water to the local municipality and to the Fisheries Center. The Center includes the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery and the Warm Springs Fish Health Laboratory.

"This construction project ensures that the local water supply at Warm Springs meets federal and state-mandated drinking water requirements for the town and provides water to handle the Service's fishery operations," Clough said. She also noted that the Hatchery uses water from the spring to produce striped bass, which adds to Georgia's natural resources, benefits the State's outdoor fishing recreation and this, in turn, boosts the Nation's economy.

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Release #97-37


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