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March 05, 1999
Contact: Madonna Luers, 509-456-4073

Ringold fish hatchery section to be named for local advocate at ceremony Sunday

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is naming the warmwater fish production section of its Ringold Hatchery after longtime local fishing advocate Rod Meseberg in a ceremony at the facility Sunday, March 7.

The ceremony will start shortly after 12-noon at the hatchery, located on the banks of the Columbia River about four miles west of Basin City, 30 miles north of the Tri-Cities area.

Meseberg, owner/operator of Mardon Resort on Potholes Reservoir, has served on WDFW's Inland Fish Citizen Advisory Committee since its inception in 1992. Meseberg led a campaign in the early ‘90's to secure state funding for the construction of the warmwater fish facility at Ringold Hatchery. He also helped convince the 1996 Washington State Legislature to authorize a warmwater fish enhancement fee to fund development of more statewide fishing opportunities for warmwater species (bass, walleye, channel catfish, tiger muskie, crappie).

"We're honoring Rod with this distinction for his many years of tireless effort on behalf of Washington's warmwater anglers and for the vision and leadership he demonstrated in bringing this facility from dream to reality," said WDFW Warmwater Fish Program Manager Bill Zook of Olympia. "There is no doubt in my mind that the Ringold warmwater fish facility would not exist without the efforts of Rod Meseberg."

WDFW director Jeff Koenings, state representative Gary Chandler of Moses Lake, regional director Jeff Tayer of Ephrata, and Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission members will join Zook and other WDFW staff at Sunday's ceremony. Guided tours of the facility will be available later that day. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Basin City Elementary School.