Citizens, current and former employees and state and local dignitaries were on hand Wednesday afternoon to help celebrate the Story Fish Hatchery's reopening.
The hatchery closed in 2005 when parasites that cause whirling disease were found. The facility has been cleaned, renovated and rebuilt.
Short presentations were given by numerous officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish, and by State Senator John Schiffer and State Representative Rosie Berger.
Schiffer called the hatchery an “asset to the entire state” and Berger said the state is reinvesting in its communities by helping fund projects like the hatchery.
The Wyoming Legislature in recent years has invested $22 million in hatchery renovations and upgrades throughout the state.
According to all who spoke, these projects would not have happened without funding from the state and support from former Governor Dave Freudenthal and Schiffer and Berger.
Scott Talbot, Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish, explains what the Story Fish Hatchery means to the State of Wyoming.
Between $168 and $170 million is spent by anglers in Wyoming every year on everything from licenses to gear, so the money spent on hatcheries can be looked at as an investment by the state, he said.