Conservation officials celebrate expanded trout hatchery

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | 7:59 a.m. CDT; updated 4:22 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 13, 2011
LEBANON — Missouri's Conservation Department will celebrate the expansion of the trout hatchery near Bennett Spring State Park later this month.

The hatchery supplies trout that lure thousands of anglers every year to the park, which lies in south-central Missouri's Dallas and Laclede counties. Officials expect the larger hatchery to produce about 60,000 more trout than the 300,000 it produced in previous years.

The project expanded the hatchery from 1,200 to about 4,000 square feet, with roughly double the number of egg jars, troughs and tanks. The Conservation Department said the project cost $2.3 million, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service covering 75 percent of the costs.

A dedication ceremony for the Bennett Spring Hatchery is scheduled Sept. 22.


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