Chattachoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hazardous Materials Pollution Prevention and Minimization Program (Waste Pollution/Recycling):
The Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery has four full-time employees and two part-time employees that have made outstanding achievements in reducing storage of hazardous materials used in daily maintenance operations. Personnel inventoried more than 200 distinct substances ranging from common cleansers to toxic chemicals. All hazardous products were disposed of according to environmental specifications. The station eliminated the use of Formalin altogether by redesigning the egg hatching process. Through employee awareness and education, the station has reduced the storage of chemicals by 60%. By reducing bulk storage, the potential for spills has also been reduced and/or minimized. Through recycling efforts, unused waste has been reduced 50%. The hatchery is now a cleaner, safer, more environmentally friendly place to work. Compliance with environmental regulations is more manageable, and the public can be assured that the Chattahoochee Forest NFH and the Department of the Interior are good stewards of the environment.