Ore. students build fish hatchery that uses rain

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Associated Press

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 20 at 7:02 AM

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.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com

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