Located at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam in Mason County, the Apple Grove fish hatchery building is the final component to the hatchery complex that also includes a series of fish rearing ponds and a reservoir to supply the ponds. The project also included the design and construction of two residences which are used by hatchery personnel.
The 9,200 square-foot fish hatchery building is a masonry and steel structure housing the actual hatching components, as well as offices and other support facilities. More than half of the building is open space to accommodate the fish hatching egg rack and a variety of rearing tanks that hold the fish until they are mature enough to be transferred to ponds. The tanks are fed from either reservoir water or directly from well water which first passes through a degassing head tank. As water flows continuously through the tanks from an overhead distribution system, it is collected in a series of trench drains in the hatchery floor and eventually makes its way back to the Ohio River.
The hatchery also includes an office, a bunk room and kitchen for seasonal employees, a brine/shrimp room, and storage and maintenance garages. A mezzanine above the office area provides for additional storage.