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Rock Creek Hatchery extends temporary closure to the public
May 31, 2011


ROSEBURG, Ore. – Continued construction of a fish ladder means Rock Creek Hatchery remains closed to the visiting public. Construction began in July 2010 with completion expected in March 2012.

The new fish ladder will improve access to about 40 miles of stream habitat in Rock Creek basin for salmon, steelhead, sea-run cutthroat trout and Pacific lamprey. A sorting facility will let staff separate returning hatchery fish while wild fish pass upstream. In addition, a new screen will help protect migrating juvenile fish.

The Laskey-Clifton Corporation based in Reedsport is the local contractor. Originally expected to be finished in late winter 2011, construction delays resulted in project extension and continued closure to public visitors.

The RockEd educational facility should be completed by year’s end. The Joe Merchep Umpqua River Foundation provided design work and raised funds for the project. GRC Contracting is building the facility that can be used by schools across the county.

The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state.



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