Article courtesy of the Associated
November 16, 2001
ASHLAND, Wis. -- The Bad River Chippewa band is using a
$246,000 federal grant to help restore its fish hatchery,
including installing alternative energy sources.
Savings from the solar panels and a wind turbine recently
installed at the Bad River Fish Hatchery at Odanah will
free up funds to improve production of walleye and sturgeon,
said hatchery manager Rick Huber.
The grant, from the Administration for Native Americans
in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also
funded other hatchery improvements, including new water
pumps and back up propane generator.
The grant is part of a three-year deal.
Next year, the tribe plans to design two new walleye
rearing ponds. In 2003, the grant will contribute another
$276,000 to construct those ponds.
Huber said he attended a symposium about a year ago
and heard the tribe's environmental specialist talk
about alternative energy.
He was working on the grant at the time and added the
alternative energy request as part of the plan.
The 2.5 kilowatt wind turbine on a 184-foot tower and
the 40 solar panels will not only save the hatchery money
but may generate revenue, Huber said.
In northern Wisconsin, it is important to have a dual
system for producing alternative energy, he said. Often,
the winds are strong when the skies are cloudy, and vice
This may not be the only building powered with alternative
energy on the reservation in the future. Huber said the
tribe is already starting to discuss using wind and solar
power for two other buildings.
The Bad River Chippewa, which operate the fish hatchery,
annually stock more than 15 million walleye into reservation
rivers and other area lakes and streams.