Groups Plan To Sue Feds Over Leavenworth Fish Hatchery

Two organizations today said they intend to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over operations at Leavenworth  National Fish Hatchery.

The Wild Fish Conservancy and Center for Environmental Law and Policy say that the facility doesn’t have a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit, a violation of the Clean Water Act.

According to the groups, the hatchery discharges excess levels of phosphorous into Icicle Creek, as well as other liquids, and hasn’t had an NPDES permit since 1979.

Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are raised at the 75-year-old hatchery just south of the Bavarian-themed village it’s named for.

“We are aware of the lawsuit; however, it is the practice of the service not to comment on ongoing litigation,” said USFWS spokeswoman Amanda Smith.

SCOTT FLETCHER HOLDS A PAIR OF SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT OUT OF ICICLE CREEK EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE HATCHERY THAT REARED THEM AS SMOLTS IS THE SUBJECT OF A PENDING LAWSUIT. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

SCOTT FLETCHER HOLDS A PAIR OF SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT OUT OF ICICLE CREEK EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE HATCHERY THAT REARED THEM AS SMOLTS IS THE SUBJECT OF A PENDING LAWSUIT. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

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