A Rich History
Damage from Hurricane Irene
The hatchery was severely damaged by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Much of the infrastructure, including fish pools and raceways, was underwater and buried in feet of mud and silt from the White River. The Service committed $1.7 million that year for clean up and to make fundamental repairs at the hatchery.
A New Future
After the White River hatchery was decommissioned for repairs, the Service made a decision in 2012 to stop culturing Atlantic salmon for restoration efforts in the Connecticut and Merrimack rivers. That decision affected the future purpose of the White River National Fish Hatchery.
The storm damage repairs to the White River hatchery were completed by the end of 2015. The Service is actively seeking opportunities for a new hatchery mission, and for partnerships with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions that will further fish conservation goals in the Northeast and maximize use of the hatchery.
Henry Bouchard, Hatchery Manager