WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — Warrenton High School students have built what officials say is the first rain-powered fish hatchery in the state.
The students developed the hatchery to bypass the nearby Skipanon River, which builds up a potentially toxic substance called tannin from alder and hemlock leaves that fall into the slow-moving water.
A new $63,000 filtration system developed by the Warrenton students will deliver clean, super-oxygenated water to their fish hatchery using rain and well water.
A former Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery manager who helped design the system told The Daily Astorian the rain-powered hatchery is very impressive — and helped students learn skills they can apply to other challenges in life.
Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com