+ Hatchery Closures July 6th & 7th

News Release – from the Department of the Interior, Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery

Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery began a pavement replacement project in early June which includes new asphalt along the entrance road, hatchery parking and housing areas. The roadway through the Spring Creek State Park windsurfing site will be resurfaced and the parking area will be leveled with gravel.

The existing pavement has been in place for more than 30 years and has deteriorated to the point that replacement is necessary.

Due to safety and traffic concerns there will be full closure to the State Park windsurfing site and the fish hatchery on Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 7, 2010.

For additional information contact Columbia Hills State Park at 509-767-1159. For technical project information contact Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery at 509-493-1730.

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, 64 fishery resources 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 and Native American tribal 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.