Historic Tahoe City fish hatchery secures the funds needed to open after a year delay | SierraSun.com

Historic Tahoe City fish hatchery secures the funds needed to open after a year delay

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; After a year of delays, a historic fish hatchery will open as a public science exhibit next July.

The Field Station and#8212; formerly dubbed Tahoe City Hatchery and#8212; owned and managed by UC Davis, will host a grand opening Saturday, July 10, 2010, after a funding freeze derailed the plan to open this year.

and#8220;Now weand#8217;re getting to the business of actually setting up the exhibits, weand#8217;ve got a lot of work to do,and#8221; said Heather Segale, education and outreach coordinator for the University of California, Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

In a combined effort between UC Davis and donors, the nearly 90-year old building at the corner of Lake Forest Road and State Highway 28 underwent a $2.1 million renovation in 2008.

The building remained open for UC Davis scientists to use a launching base for their Lake Tahoe research, but has been closed to the public. Officials planned in 2008 to open the building as a science exhibit, but put those updates on the backburner during the economic downturn.

Now, Segale said, about $350,000 in grants and other funds became available in recent months, and TERC staff can go about setting up exhibits in the building for the public.

and#8220;Lately weand#8217;ve been doing all the videography to get it ready, and talking with an exhibit designer about creating interactive digital games for kids,and#8221; Segale said.

The Field Station received a $200,000 grant from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association to market the exhibits, Segale said.

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