Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery

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Project Titles: 

  • Rehab Hatchery and Shop (FFS #R2QU)
  • Replace Electrical System at Raceways A3 to A10 (FFS #R2QV)
  • Energy Efficiency Projects (FFS #R2QW/R2QX)
  • Replace Septic Line PVC (FFS #R2QY)

State: Arizona

Initial Project Description: Recovery Act funds will be utilized for five projects at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Mojave County, Ariz. The biggest of the five projects will be to rehabilitate the hatchery and shop buildings at Willow Beach NFH to bring them up to seismic standards. Willow Beach sits on an active fault line located along the Colorado River. In addition, the roof will be replaced, asbestos will be removed, and the building’s interior will be rehabbed. The second project will be to replace the electrical systems at the A bank raceways to bring them up to code. The third project will be to replace current sewer lines from three buildings with new PVC pipe. And the fourth and fifth projects will be to make the facilities building more energy efficient. Nine doors and 19 windows will be replaced in the hatchery and shop buildings, which were built back in the 1960s.

Willow Beach NFH raises the endangered Razorback Sucker and Bonytail Chub to be reintroduced into the Colorado River system. In addition, the hatchery raises trout to be stocked in nearby Mojave and Mead Lakes for recreational fishing.

September 2010 Project Update: The Service completed all five projects at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery in the spring and summer of 2010. The largest of the five projects included rehabilitating the hatchery and shop buildings at Willow Beach to bring them up to seismic standards. De Los Santos Construction Company of Chandler, Ariz. completed the roof and building reinforcements in July.

The second project, completed by Architectural & Environmental Associates of Flagstaff, Ariz., involved replacing the electrical systems at the A bank raceways to bring them up to code standards.

The third project to replace sewer lines from three buildings with new PVC pipe was completed in March by R.L. McDonnell Construction of Twentynine Palms, California.

Alert Inc. completed the fourth and fifth projects involving energy efficiency upgrades. The Meridian, Idaho, company installed a solar power system in May and replaced 19 windows and nine doors at the hatchery in July. The upgrades replaced the original windows and doors installed in 1959.

The Recovery Act projects have created a safer work environment and have upgraded many of Willow Beach’s facilities. The new solar power system, as well as new windows and doors, have helped Willow Beach save money on energy costs as well as reduce the remote fishery’s carbon footprint.

Video: Recovery Act Projects at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery
Play the following video slideshow to learn more about Recovery Act projects taking place at Willow Beach NFH!

Video: Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery — Interview with Jennifer Fowler-Propst
Learn more about the Recovery Act projects at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery from Southwest Region Fisheries Supervisor, Jennifer Fowler-Propst.

Photos:

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09-14-10_willow-beach-nwr_1New energy efficient windows and doors were installed in July 2010 at several buildings at Willow Beach NFH as part of a Recovery Act project.

Read more about the Recovery Act projects at Willow Beach NFH in our fact sheets!

Originally posted 10/07/2009
Updated 12/01/2009
Updated 06/01/2010
Updated 09/14/2010
Updated 09/28/2010
Page Completed 01/12/2011

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