Budget woes leave future of Kentucky hatchery uncertain

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - The future of a south-central Kentucky fish
hatchery is adrift as Congress squabbles over funding for federal
projects for the coming year.
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery project leader James Gray said
the hatchery, and eight other trout hatcheries across the country,
are "in a state of limbo" because Congress hasn't approved the
budget for fiscal year 2012, which started Oct. 1.
Gray told The Commonwealth Journal that the facility will keep
running because lawmakers passed a continuing resolution to keep
money flowing while budget negotiations take place. The nine facilities across the country
have a total budget of about $6.3 million.
Eight people, including Gray, work at the Wolf Creek National
Fish Hatchery. The hatchery produces 1 million trout a year and
stocks 115 different waters in Kentucky.


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