Rep. Noem hears concerns over fish hatchery - KOTA Territory News

Rep. Noem hears concerns over fish hatchery closure


Save the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery.

That was the main message from a Spearfish Town Hall meeting hosted by Representative Kristi Noem - (R) South Dakota.

Residents packed Black Hills State University's 'Jacket Legacy Room,' for the one hour question– answer session that covered a variety of topics such as Obamacare, immigration, and, of course, the fish hatchery.

Home–made signs and T–shirts with a 'Save the Hatchery' message could be seen in the sea of people.

Tuesday, the Booth Society announced that the facility is set to close in October because of federal budget cuts. Representative Noem says it's not a done deal, as her office cannot confirm the closure. "We get an opportunity to really build a case for this hatchery and how special it is to our nation," said Noem. 

Those who spoke on behalf of the landmark pleaded for help from Congress, making a comparison to taking Mount Rushmore out of the Black Hills.

Heather Doerges and her kids visit daily. "Losing it is almost like losing a member of the family. It's a huge part of the town and of our lives," said Doerges. 

The hatchery still produces trout for lakes and streams in the Black Hills, and the Booth Society says nearly 30 jobs are in jeopardy if it closes.




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