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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Seeks $1M From TVA to Continue Stocking Fish

News release from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed secure funding agreements with many federal agencies and regional utilities to enable the agency to continue raising and stocking fish in streams affected by federal water development projects and power generation activities. However, unless a similar agreement is reached soon with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to cover fish rearing and stocking operations in Tennessee and Georgia, the Service will be forced to halt this work on behalf of the TVA.
For more than four decades, the Service has used its own funds to work with state fish and wildlife agencies, tribal governments and other partners to lessen the impact of dams and other water development projects that have contributed to the decline of native fisheries by impairing stream flows and water quality. But increasing costs and budget constraints have made it impossible for the Service to fund this work in the future.
Anticipating this crisis, the Service has worked for more than three years to secure agreements with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration that provide most of the funding needed for this work through the end of fiscal year 2013. Ongoing discussions have yielded no similar agreement with TVA, a federally owned corporation created by congressional charter during the Great Depression to provide navigation, flood control and electricity generation in the Tennessee Valley.
If the Service cannot reach an agreement with TVA by April 1, 2013, to provide nearly $1 million in annual operational funding, the agency will not be able to produce fish for delivery in fiscal year 2014.

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Fish Hatcheries in Jeopardy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says federal fish hatcheries in Tennessee are in jeopardy because of proposed budget cuts.
The agency said in a news release Wednesday that the cuts would eliminate a majority of the funding for the Dale Hollow and Erwin hatcheries to provide quality fishing at dozens of locations in the state. Both facilities are operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The cuts would take effect in October. The TWRA said the hatcheries are responsible for raising 60 percent of all trout in Tennessee.
The Dale Hollow hatchery is part of a winter trout program that delivers the fish to communities in Middle and West Tennessee.