Washington fish and wildlife officials, local tribal representatives and state lawmakers will break ground tomorrow to mark the start of a $16.4 million renovation of the historic Puyallup Hatchery.
The remodel will increase salmon and trout production at the facility built in the 1940s, resulting in more sport opportunity, as well as support conservation programs in the watershed.
WDFW says the project will allow them to rear an extra 50,000 rainbow trout, along with 800,000 spring Chinook, 300,000 coho and 200,000 steelhead at the facility.
The coho represent new capacity and will be adipose-fin clipped, according to agency hatchery manager Eric Kinne.
The springers are for release at the White River acclimation ponds and are part of a restoration program, he says. They’re marked with a ventral clip.
Details on the steelhead are “still being worked out,” Kinne says.
Salmon production will begin in fall 2019, when work at the site is expected to wrap up.
Funding comes from the state Capital Budget and sale of general obligation bonds, according to WDFW. Puyallup’s Prospect Construction won the construction bid.
The groundbreaking is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the hatchery, 1416 14th Street SW, Puyallup, just southwest of the state fairgrounds and along lower Clarks Creek. The public is welcome.