One of North America’s largest fish hatcheries is getting a well-deserved overhaul. The Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery (SLFH), located in southeast Calgary, has raised over 50 million trout from eggs to adults since it opened in 1973. For the first time in more than 40 years, the facility will undergo renovations to update its water treatment systems and modernize its equipment.
Here are five things you should know about the upgrade:
- The SLFH is closing its doors to the public starting October 2, 2017.
Since work is being done on the water treatment system, all the fish in the hatchery will be moved out to lakes and ponds across southern Alberta prior to actual construction starting in November, 2017.
- Bow Habitat Station will remain open throughout the construction.
More than just fish – Bow Habitat Station will continue to provide hands-on education programs throughout the public closure. Staff-led activities will continue year-round based out of the indoor Discovery Centre and outdoor Interpretive Wetlands and Trout Pond. Sign-up to receive the newsletter, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the most up-to-date information.
- The new water treatment system will be more eco-friendly.
With new technologies and systems in place, the SLFH will be able to recycle more than 90 per cent of its water and re-use it in the facility. Millions of litres of water will be saved each year!
The upgraded facility will use substantially less electricity to move water through its many systems. Energy conservation is expected to improve by up to 54 per cent, while greenhouse gas emissions are expected to drop by as much as 67 per cent once the new system is completed.
- The upgrades will help protect future fish from waterborne diseases.
Two new ultraviolet sterilizers will be installed, making sure the fish in the hatchery get the best protection from both current and future threats of disease.
- Once completed, there is opportunity for more fish to be raised each year.
Technology has come a long way since the facility was built in 1973! The new water treatment system will do the same amount of work as the old one, with a much smaller footprint. This will free up space for other uses, including raising more fish.