Outdoors: Update on Colville Tribes Columbia River hatchery

"Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

The plan for the Colville Confederated Tribes to build a new hatchery began ten years ago. If construction continues on schedule the facility will be operational by May of 2013. The completion of the project will not only mean the return of harvestable salmon to the Colville Tribal members, but thousands of additional salmon available to recreational fishermen on the main stem Columbia and the Okanogan rivers.

I recently traveled to Bridgeport and met with Pat Phillips, manager of the new hatchery, and he gave me and Eric Granstrom a tour of the new facility. He stressed the importance of the Bonneville Power Administration's funding of the project is to Colville Tribal members."

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