Tahoe City fish hatchery delays opening due to Calif. budget | SierraSun.com

Tahoe City fish hatchery delays opening due to Calif. budget

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Californiaand#8217;s tight budget situation has delayed plans by at least one year to open the Historic Fish Hatchery in Tahoe City.

Funds from the University of California, Davis, which owns the Tahoe City Field Station and#8212; formerly known as the Hatchery and#8212; were frozen through the early part of the year, said Heather Segale, outreach coordinator for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Originally scheduled for opening this summer, the recently-remodeled building on the West entrance of Lake Forest Road, while open for use by researchers, wonand#8217;t be open to the public until possibly Memorial Day 2010, Segale said. The remodel cost about $2.1 million.

Segale said the funding freeze, which led to layoffs of Davis staff in February, hampered the projectand#8217;s planning and implementation.

Davis staff will start to plan out public exhibits at the hatchery in July, Segale said.

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