March 18, 2011
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MAMMOTH SPRING – Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery soon will be home to one of the most energy-efficient buildings ever built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A ground-breaking ceremony will take place at the future site of the Aquatic Conservation and Education Center March 23. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the hatchery, 302 Fish Hatchery Lane. The public is invited to attend.
The center will feature energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, recycled and locally available building materials, educational exhibits and meeting space, storm water capture and re-use, and native plantings. It is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.
"But we’re shooting for Gold certification," said Richard Shelton, manager of the hatchery for the last 26 years. "This building will be the bricks-and-mortar embodiment of our conservation mission. We are really proud of the design."
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. In addition to its sustainable design features, the center will include an environmental education classroom, retail sales space, additional office space, fish habitat displays and interpretive exhibits, and outdoor features such as a display pond and viewing areas.
Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery has produced fish for fishing and population restoration for more than a century. The hatchery was built in 1903, set where it is for the nearby railroad and the reliable, high-quality, gravity-flow water from one of the world’s largest springs. With its unique rearing system, the hatchery has the capability to produce a wide variety of aquatic species.
Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery is one of three national fish hatcheries in Arkansas. It is not part of the proposed FY 2012 budgetary proposals involving funding of mitigation hatcheries.
Visit http://www.fws.gov/mammothspring for more information on the hatchery.