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AZ, feds to share costs for Mohave County fish hatchery repairs

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona will pay nearly $400,000 to cover half the repairs needed at a Mojave County fish hatchery that raises trout for planting in the state.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted Monday to approve the cost-sharing agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The state and federal money will be used to repair a pipeline that supplies the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery on the Colorado River 11 miles below Hoover Dam.

The agreement calls for a guaranteed egg supply for the hatchery and for the hatchery to provide 150,000 catchable 11-inch rainbow trout a year for stocking into Willow Beach and below Davis Dam.

Pipeline repair costs were estimated at about $9 million before a more affordable plan was developed at the urging of Sen. John McCain.

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