To preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including it's open space and natural setting.
To maintain lower density zoning.
To protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
To encourage the development of area parks and natural areas.
To educate public officials of the concerns of the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, and be pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.
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Spokane Fish Hatchery
by Kirk Newmann
The Spokane Fish Hatchery has been raising fish to be released into Washington State lakes for over 80 years. The hatchery is located at W. 2927 Waikiki Road and is just East of St. George's School. Clean cool water for the rearing boxes and the fish pens is supplied by the water from the Griffith Spring. This spring is one of the natural discharges of the Spokane Aquifer. Six types of game fish are raised at the hatchery and these are Rainbow Trout, Eastern Brook Trout, West Slope Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee, Brown Trout and Tiger Trout. This hatchery, which is one of the largest trout hatcheries in the state, produces about 40% to 50% of the Rainbow Trout that are released in the state each year.
The hatchery eggs are supplied from the captive brood stock. The eggs are squeezed from anesthetized females and fertilized with sperm from anesthetized males. The fertilized eggs are placed in metal incubation baskets and suspended in troughs of constantly running 51 degree (F) water. The eggs hatch in about a month. The Spokane Hatchery incubates more than nine million Rainbow Trout eggs each year. Seventy-five to one hundred Washington State lakes are stocked from this hatchery each year.
The hatchery is open for self guided tours seven days per week 7:00 to 4:00. Guided tours are available by appointment for 15 people or more through the Safari Club International. Contact Randy Nelson at (509) 590-5517 to make an appointment
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