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Hatchery Renovation Upgrades UC Davis Lab

by Ellen Hardy
04 April 2008, at 1:00am

US - Lake Forests historic fish hatchery has been trandformed by a $3 million restoration and remodel, funded by private donations.

The fish hatchery is almost complete and the re-vamped premises will provide UC Davis scientists with a lab without cobwebs.

Researchers now have a state-of-the-art, Tahoe City Field Lab, says the Sierra Sun. It will be used to filter samples taken off the UC Davis research boat, the John Le Conte, which is docked in Tahoe City. Before the restoration, many samples had to be shipped to the university campus in Davis to be processed.

The lab will also stage various UC Davis experiments, serve as a conference area and work space and store scuba diving equipment.

The facility should be in full operation this spring. One of the projects is looking to restore three acres of wetlands that extend from the fish hatchery down to the lake.

“They have done the most outstanding job. Everyone who has come in has said that their expectations were exceeded,” said Heather Segale, education and outreach coordinator for the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Centre.

According to historical architect Burton Edwards of Siegal & Strain Architects, Emeryville, the 1920s structure is one of a kind. The Tahoe City fish hatchery, which was built in response to the negative impact that California’s gold-mining industry had on fish AND is one of two designed by then-State Architect George McDougal. The Tahoe City counterpart, located in Independence, California near Mt. Whitney, was designed on a Bavarian castle.

View the Sierra Sun story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy