Friends Of Fairport Fish Hatchery Awarded Grant From Iowa Natural Resources

MUSCATINE, IA – The Friends of Fairport Fish Hatchery has been awarded $47,368 REAP-CEP grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to fund educational signage to preserve and interpret the rich history of the Fairport Fish Hatchery. A major objective of the signage project is to convey the important interdependent relationship between the Fairport Fish Hatchery, Mississippi River mussels, and the pearl button industry, which dominated Muscatine from the 1890s to the early 1930s.  The hatchery was originally established by Congress in 1908 as the Fairport Federal Biologic Station to... Read More