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 has provided $2.3 million* 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 are nearly complete. With secured multi-state and international partnerships, work at the hatchery will focus on salmonid fish restoration efforts in the Lake Champlain River Basin and Lower Great Lakes. A re-opening date of late 2016 is expected.
Henry Bouchard, Hatchery Manager
* This figure has been updated to reflect total funding rather than partial funding committed in 2011.