According to the Gary Post-Tribune, this November marks the 20th annual return of Chinook salmon to a wastewater treatment plant in Indiana for the purpose of spawning. Many are shocked and surprised that a wastewater treatment plant would be the spot these salmon choose for spawning each year. An added surprise comes when you see how the fish get into the plant. Salmon must swim up a 200 foot drain pipe that spits out 15 million gallons of water per day. That is a tough task!
Shedd's senior aquarist in the local waters gallery, Kurt Hettiger, visited the site several years ago to see if the rumors were true.
"Sure enough," said Kurt. "I spotted the Chinook salmon in what seemed to be a small oasis of fish in the plant. I was completely surprised and happy to hear that the conditions were clean enough to allow this spawning to go on each year."
Kurt went on to mention that he went back a second time just to make sure the first visit wasn't a fluke. "Sure enough, I saw them again," said Kurt.