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Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery to Remain Open During Dam Rehab Project


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2007


Contacts:
James Gray, Wolf Creek NFH, (270)343-3797
Tom MacKenzie, Chief of Media Relations, (404)679-7291


Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Jamestown, Kentucky will not close during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wolf Creek Dam Seepage Rehabilitation Project, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

On January 22, the Corps announced an emergency decision to drop the level of Lake Cumberland behind Wolf Creek Dam. The Corps will maintain the lake at a 680-foot elevation for the remainder of this year. The Corps plans to reevaluate lake levels in the September – October 2007 timeframe for next year's operation.

The decision means that one of the hatchery’s three water intakes will no longer be operational. During winter months, this reduced water flow is expected to have a minimal impact on the hatchery. During summer months, when water temperatures are higher and water oxygen levels are lower, managing the lake at a low level will likely limit the number of fish that can be reared at the hatchery.

Wolf Creek NFH is part of the National Fish Hatchery System managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wolf Creek NFH annually rears more than 800,000 rainbow trout and brown trout, and provides fish stocks to state, federal, and tribal partners. The hatchery will dedicate its new Environmental Education and Visitor Center in April.

For more details about Wolf Creek NFH and to see Frequently Asked Questions about the impact of the Wolf Creek Dam Seepage Rehabilitation Project, visit www.fws.gov/wolfcreek.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 547 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.


Impact of Wolf Creek Dam Seepage Rehabilitation Project on Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Frequently Asked Questions -- PDF icon -- click for PDF file


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