Press Release
Leadville National Fish Hatchery Receives Award   

The Leadville National Fish Hatchery has received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) 2016 Environmental Leadership Award.

The hatchery won the award for a demolition project to remove three pairs of Burrow’s raceways originally constructed in 1953 that were outdated, no longer useful and had fallen into disrepair.  The project included separating and recycling 100% of the removed materials which far exceeds the goals as defined by government standards of diverting at least 50 percent of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris for recycling.  

“We’re very proud that this national award recognizes the dedication and innovation of our hatchery employees who find every opportunity to be environmentally conscious,” said Greg Gerlich, Mountain-Prairie Region assistant regional director for Fish and Aquatic Conservation.  

A total of 210,000 lbs. of concrete, 268,000 lbs. of asphalt, 11,400 lbs. scrap metal and 70 lbs. of copper were recycled. The remaining hole left from removing the raceways was filled in by demolishing earthen walls from an existing obsolete fish culture pond on the hatchery.   New, modern raceways will be constructed to replace the old Burrow’s raceways.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

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