COLVILLE — A proposal to sell the state’s Colville Fish Hatchery to Stevens County has been approved.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved selling the 95-year-old trout hatchery for $150,000 during a public meeting Saturday. The county plans to use it as an educational and vocational learning center.
The Spokesman-Review reported that the Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the facility last June and moved most of the fish production to the Spokane hatchery to cut costs in response to budget reductions.
Commissioner Gary Douvia said the county plans to create a non-profit organization to work with area schools to operate the facility and use it as a learning center. Trout produced by the students will provide additional fish for local lakes and boost the local economy.