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Hatchery work continuing

September 3, 2010
By COLIN KYLER ckyler@timesobserver.com
Crews continue to work on the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery, as the facility moves closer to reopening. Hatchery Assistant Manager Dave Blick said Thursday that workers have started erecting some walls for the aeration building. He said they began construction at the end of June. “They’ve had good weather all summer,” Blick said, “but there’s still a lot left to do.” Remaining work includes hooking up pipes and valves, Blick said. In addition, he said workers must also bring in a unit to rid the water of harmful gases. The original timeframe called for a one-year construction period, Blick said, adding that work should finish sometime next spring. According to the hatchery’s website, over $1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding provided the money needed for the work. In 2005, the hatchery tested positive for a fish virus, leading to its depopulation and upgrades. “This (construction) will replace the original structure of the facility that is showing signs of advanced age, and will offer us the ability to remove nitrogen and radon gases from the well water used for the fish,” the website stated. “This removal, along with the ability to add oxygen to the deep well water, will provide water of much higher quality than was previously available to our fish, and should benefit our future production.” The virus, Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis, poses no human health concerns, according to the website, but it causes significant mortality in the early lifestages of the fish.

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Times Observer photo by Colin Kyler
Under construction
This site will host a new aeration tower at the fish hatchery located at the base of Kinzua Dam.

 
 

 

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