Posted: Jun 25, 2013 8:46 AM by MTN News
EUREKA - A Sunday morning power outage resulted in a "significant fish kill" at the Murray Springs State Fish Hatchery in Northwest Montana.
When the power went out at the facility, which is supported entirely by pumped water, the backup generator didn't start automatically, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson John Fraley said. The pumps were off for approximately 3.5 hours, killing about 160,000 fish, he said.
Murray Springs State Fish Hatchery is a mitigation hatchery for Libby Dam and is co-managed by Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Fraley says in a news release that some of the impacts due to the loss of cutthroat trout and rainbow trout "will be mitigated by the use of surplus fish from other state hatcheries. However, stocking primarily in the Eureka and Libby area will be impacted for the next two years."
(photo courtesy Montana FWP)