- Repair Hatchery Building Roof (FFS #R1PA)
- Rehabilitate Water Meter System (FFS #R1PB)
- Repair Water Intake Basin (FFS #R1PD)
- Rehabilitate Effluent Water System (FFS #R1PE)
Project Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has overseen the completion of four facility improvement projects at the Abernathy Fish and Technology Center as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The four projects were funded by $1.16 million in stimulus dollars.
“The research we do here address some of the major issues face at fisheries,” Center Director Judy Gordon said. “We do nutrition research, feeding trials and other research critical to fish survival. The deterioration of the Abernathy facility was making it difficult to do that, either efficiently or safely.”
The majority of the funds, $556,479, were used by Allen Bradbury Construction to repair the main hatchery building roof. ANC Research and Development was paid $259,119 to rehabilitate and modify the water discharge system to comply with Clean Water Act and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System regulations. Two additional contracts totaling $341,116 were awarded to Five Rivers Construction to replace broken water meter systems on the Center’s 12 raceways, and to repair the water intake settling basin.
“The old metal roof dated back to 1961, and I don’t know too many metal roofs guaranteed for 50 years,” Gordon said. “We are in a very wet habitat with heavy snows and the old roof presented a hazardous environment for our staff. We had water dripping down through the roof on the fluorescent lights and heating ducts. It’s kind of a miracle we didn’t have any serious problems.”
The effluent water system required draining, dredging and shoring up of deteriorating walls. Parts of the system were overgrown and falling down. Prior to the recent work, the Center’s pollution abatement pond had not been dredged in more than six years. In addition, the outflow structures were untouched since they were first installed in the late 1970s.
“The completion of the other three projects will greatly aid our research efforts and give us more control over our water use,” Gordon said. “We have well water rights and surface water rights, and before the work was done, we didn’t know how much water we were using. We now have working meters on 12 raceways in which we were previously unable to reliably measure water flow.
“Our research is on aquatics and you can’t work on that without water,” Gordon said. “These projects are critical because we can’t get creek water if the settling basin does not work properly. In the effluent water system, you don’t want to not treat your water going out because then you get into pollution issues.”
|The roof from inside the hatchery building prior to construction.||Work currently underway to replace the hatchery building roof.|
|The settling basin prior to work.||The settling basin during work.|
|The old assembly of the water meter system.||The new assembly of the water meter system.|
|The effluent water area prior to Phase 1 work.||Work underway on Phase 2 of the effluent water rehabilitation.|
|The effluent water area post completion.|
|In 2009, a flood severely damaged the water intake and compromised the Technology Center’s settling basin.|
Originally posted 07/08/2010
Page Completed 03/18/2011