The warm-water sportfish and native aquatic species
hatchery is proposed to be operated by the Utah Division
of Wildlife Resources to meet the warm water needs of Colorado River
Storage Project impacted waters in Utah. These needs were identified in
the Fish Hatchery Production Plan,
and include June sucker (listed as endangered under the Endangered
Species Act), least chub, leatherside chub, roundtail chub, bluehead
sucker and flannelmouth sucker, channel catfish and two amphibians:
spotted frog and boreal toad. Photographs of these native fish can be seen
at the Desert Fishes Council web site.
Least chub and spotted frog are considered conservation species for
which conservation agreements and strategies have been developed, in accordance
with the Endangered Species Act.
On January 31, 2012, a Scoping Notice was issued on a proposal to build the native aquatic species and warm-water sport-fish hatchery at the Springville State Fish Hatchery in Springville Utah. Under the proposal, hatchery construction would proceed in two phases. In the first phase, new hatchery facilities would be constructed and refurbished predominantly within the footprint of the West side facility. If funding is available, Phase 2 of the project would include new construction of additional hatchery facilities in the northwest portion of the project area. This project is in the analysis phase.
To help with June sucker recovery until the proposed warm-water hatchery is brought on-line, the Division of Wildlife Resources' Fisheries Experiment
(FES) in Logan, Utah was expanded in 2006.
An addition to an existing building was constructed and June sucker production and stocking is ongoing. This addition included a water recirculation system, which provides a rearing temperature of 74° F, the temperature at which June sucker has shown the highest growth rates. Use of the recirculation system has resulted in increased June sucker growth rates and fish condition. [Click
here to view the Warm-water Interim Hatchery Facility
Environmental Assessment]. In addition, funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 enabled older portions of the hatchery complex to be retrofit to incorporate recirculation equipment, which has further boosted fish condition and population.
The Central Utah Project and other reclamation
projects created many reservoirs in Utah. These flatwater areas provide
for a variety of water-related recreation opportunities including
fishing. Most reservoir fisheries are heavily used and not able to
sustain themselves through natural recruitment, requiring management
programs dependent on stocking hatchery-reared fish. Fish stocking
demands in Utah for reclamation projects have been met in the past
through both State and Federal hatcheries. CUPCA identifies funding for
planning and implementing improvements to existing hatcheries and/or the
development of new fish hatcheries to increase production of warm-water
and cold-water fish for areas affected by the Colorado River Storage
Project in Utah.