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.