WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced Wednesday that Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Brimley has been awarded $45,500 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The funding will be used for the replacement of the hatchery's freezer and the installation of energy-efficient T-8 lighting.
"Restoring lake trout in the Great Lakes is vitally important for Michigan's recreation and tourism industry," said Levin. "I am hopeful that this funding will help support the critical work being done for Michigan's fishery at Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery."
"Preserving and restoring our Great Lakes is not only critical to our way of life, but to our economy as well," Stabenow said. "I'm pleased that this funding will help the Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery continue their effort restoring trout in our Great Lakes."
Pendills Creek NFH, founded in 1951, rears lake trout as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Program. The hatchery complex produces more than 6 million eggs annually and more than 900,000 yearling and 200,000 fall fingerling lake trout for stocking into Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
The grant will be used as follows: $28,500 will fund the installation of a new self-contained freezer, which stores food for broodstock, with a more environmentally friendly coolant system; and, $17,000 will support a new T-8 lighting system, which will create a safer working environment for hatchery staff and increase energy efficiency at the hatchery.