WV Division of Natural Resources ~ Bowden Fish Hatchery Improvements

  • Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
     Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
  • Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
     Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
  • Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
     Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
  • Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
     Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
  • Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV
     Bowden Fish Hatchery; Elkins, WV

The Bowden Hatchery was constructed in the 1960s and renovated in the 1990s, but the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wanted to increase production by 50%, as well as address deferred maintenance issues. In order to increase production with a limited supply of spring water that feeds the hatchery, a system was designed to recycle 80% of the hatchery water.The design included drum filters, UV disinfection, wastewater treatment, and a supplemental oxygen supply and degassing units.The project also included four new 500-foot raceways, building renovations, and other improvements to the hatchery.