By JENNYLYNN BROWN
It was a "look and learn" - but don't fall in - experience for all ages who strolled through the Albert M. Powell Trout Hatchery's open house on Saturday for its 50th anniversary.
Hatchery Manager Wade Moore credits the half-century of operation not to the fish, but to the water.
"The hatchery has survived because the spring continues to put quality water out that enables trout production," he said. "The water is everything."
He said the water comes from a Beaver Creek Spring, a natural limewater spring.
There are 19 outdoor raceways with an average of 300 gallons of water flowing through them each minute.
This year the hatchery will hatch 600,000 eggs, to become approximately 253,000 stockable fish for Maryland waters.
Washington County waters will be stocked with 40,000 trout this year.
The attention didn't seem to affect the larger trout in the raceways as they nonchalantly glided by each other. But the smaller fish twisted, turned and jumped, as if celebrating the occasion.