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Agriculture at the Munnell Run Farm is more than raising livestock. Aquaculture, or raising fish, is also active at the farm. Trout are raised at the Munnell Run Cooperative Trout Nursery, which is a joint venture between the Neshannock Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the PA Fish and Boat Commission. The building was converted for trout production from a deteriorating and no longer used slaughterhouse. Volunteers repaired the ailing exterior of the building and installed a concrete block raceway to hold water. Water is delivered to the nursery by gravity from a spring located about 1,400 feet to the west of the facility. The spring provides a constant flow of quality water, which cycles through the raceway and provides the trout with clean, temperate growing conditions.  
In 1997 the first fingerling trout arrived at the Munnell Run Cooperative Trout Nursery for rearing. They are delivered each year in late June by the PA Fish and Boat Commission and are raised until last trout is stocked by the following May. Approximately 2,000 trout are raised at the facility annually by a core group of eight volunteers. The nursery volunteers operate as the management team of the nursery under the guidance and financial support of the Neshannock Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The management team members coordinate the feeding, health care, and stocking of the fish as well as routine maintenance on nursery equipment and the facilities. The trout that are raised at the nursery are stocked into local streams that are approved by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Mercer County streams such as Neshannock Creek, Coolspring Creek, Pine Run, Wolf Creek, Yellow Creek, Deer Creek, and others receive supplemental stockings from this cooperative program each year. 
 
For additional information on the Neshannock Chapter of Trout Unlimited or the Munnell Run Cooperative Trout Nursery see the following links:              
Neshannock Chapter of Trout Unlimited            
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