Things are in an upheaval at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, but it is all for the good.

Things are in an upheaval at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, but it is all for the good.
The "spring box" which is where the various natural springs come together on hatchery grounds, mix together, and then supply the hatchery with cool spring water to raise trout.
The current spring box was put in place in 1963, and after the 55 years, it has begun to leak badly. There the  hatchery is losing precious water for raising fish. Ironically, one of the most important reasons for establishing the hatchery in Neosho in 1888 was the abundance of spring water so close to the site.
After appropriations were approved for repairs, efforts got underway to replace the leaky spring box. According to Alan Hall, supervisor of the project for Branco, several leaks will be fixed and a new box will replace the old one. This new tank is expected to last at least as long as the old one, hopefully even longer. The new box will be coated inside with Epoxy, unlike the old one.
Because of the repairs being made to the spring box, the Kids Fishing Derby this year was held in Hearrel branch which runs through the hatchery. The Senior/Handicapped Derby will also be transferred to the branch.
Hopefully, when repairs and replacements are completed, the hatchery will have a good steady flow of spring water. Then the ponds will be refilled, giving the hatchery the beautiful look it has had for 130 years.
With the repairs completed, the 2019 derbies will be held back in the ponds, and all will be right with the world.