BETHEL, Vt. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ready to begin raising fish again in a hatchery in Vermont’s White River that was potentially contaminated by the invasive algae known as rock snot after being heavily damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene almost five years ago.
At the same time, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is finalizing plans and funding to rebuild its state hatchery in Roxbury, which was also heavily damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene on Aug. 28, 2011.
The White River hatchery in Bethel will be used to produce lake trout and Atlantic salmon for Lake Champlain and salmon for some of the Great Lakes.
Roxbury produced about 30 percent of Vermont’s brook and rainbow trout.