Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery PondsThe NYA built ponds were four or five times larger than the current ponds. The ponds were redesigned to support the hatchery's current programs.
In 1938, the Public Works Administration, which had dam construction projects along the Colorado River in Texas, proposed the establishment of a federal fish hatchery in the area to provide fish for the newly created lakes. Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson arranged an agreement between the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and the National Youth Administration (NYA) to construct the hatchery. The NYA established a camp at Inks Dam in 1938 and began construction of the fish hatchery in 1939.
Current programs at the hatchery include providing channel catfish for tribal fishery management programs in the Southwest and providing warm-water fish species to increase recreational fishing opportunities in New Mexico and for stocking on National Forest Service lands in the state of Texas.
Project originally submitted by Larry Moore on August 4, 2014.
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