Frequently Asked Questions
Where does water needed for hatchery operations come from?
Water for station operations originates from several springs on station. Water from Cold Springs is shared with the town of Warm Springs. This water flows out of the ground at a constant temperature of 17 degrees centigrade year round. Water leaving the station eventually runs into the Flint River.
How are the ponds and tanks used?
Each of the 40 ponds on station has an individual fresh water supply and drain. They range in size from 0.1 to 1.6 surface acres. Many of the ponds now have electrical outlets for power equipment and have full time supplemental aeration available. All ponds have a sloped bottom allowing water and fish to be concentrated in harvesting basins when they are drained. The hatchery also has hatching jars, aquariums, tanks and cages of various capacities for hatching and rearing aquatic species.
These facilities are used to culture a variety of aquatic species such as striped bass for eventual distribution under guidelines of established management plans. The facilities may, however, be used to evaluate new hatchery techniques for species under culture which may not yet be stocked into public waters under existing management plans.
Is the hatchery open to the public?
Yes, our facilities include a public aquarium and displays which highlight the work done on station and by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Educational opportunities for groups exist during visits to learn more about hatchery operations and resource issues