MAMMOTH SPRING – Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery soon will
be home to one of the most energy-efficient buildings ever built by
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A ground-breaking ceremony will take place at the future site of
the Aquatic Conservation and Education Center March 23. The event
begins at 10 a.m. at the hatchery, 302 Fish Hatchery Lane. The
public is invited to attend.
The center will feature energy-efficient mechanical and
electrical systems, recycled and locally available building
materials, educational exhibits and meeting space, storm water
capture and re-use, and native plantings. It is expected to achieve
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver
“But we’re shooting for Gold certification,” said Richard
Shelton, manager of the hatchery for the last 26 years. “This
building will be the bricks-and-mortar embodiment of our
conservation mission. We are really proud of the design.”
LEED is an internationally recognized green building
certification system. In addition to its sustainable design
features, the center will include an environmental education
classroom, retail sales space, additional office space, fish
habitat displays and interpretive exhibits, and outdoor features
such as a display pond and viewing areas.
Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery has produced fish for
fishing and population restoration for more than a century. The
hatchery was built in 1903, set where it is for the nearby railroad
and the reliable, high-quality, gravity-flow water from one of the
world’s largest springs. With its unique rearing system, the
hatchery has the capability to produce a wide variety of aquatic
Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery is one of three national
fish hatcheries in Arkansas. It is not part of the proposed FY 2012
budgetary proposals involving funding of mitigation hatcheries.
Visit http://www.fws.gov/mammothspring for more information on