After a pump failure on Christmas, WDFW Kendall Creek Hatchery staff worked through the cold and snowy night to save nearly 4 million salmon and steelhead

Blizzard conditions as Fish Hatchery Specialist Kristofer Flowers responded to water pump failures at the Kendall Creek Hatchery late in the night on Christmas.
So much snow had fallen at the Kendall Creek Fish Hatchery by the morning of December 26, 2021 that even the Department’s plow-equipped F-450 became stuck. Flowers continued clearing the area with a tractor so that other hatchery staff could arrive to help respond to the water pump failure.

All told, the quick thinking and hard work of Flowers and the others protected nearly 4 million young salmonids — fish vital for future recreational, commercial, and tribal treaty fisheries, and important for species including Southern Resident killer whales.

A baby Chinook salmon, known as fry, being processed by WDFW hatchery staff.



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