Fishing is the number one reason visitors come to Amistad NRA. The fish cleaning station is an integral part of the Rough Canyon waterfront and essential to visitor satisfaction and safety. The new system will be a complete replacement of the existing fish cleaning station with some significant design improvements learned through years of operational experience. The new fish cleaning station consists of two 3,500 gallon holding tanks, a 500 sq. ft. tubular steel shelter, a 600 sq. ft. concrete building pad, a 5 hosepower grinder motor and grinder, a sink, a cutting table, a 100 sq. ft. concrete walkway, asphalt parking area for 6 vehicles with trailers and associated plumbing/electrical work.
The current fish cleaning station is in constant use year round for processing fish waste. Due to its constant use and wet conditions, the structure has deteriorated to the point that it is no longer cost effective to repair. It is constantly out of service for plumbing, electrical or motor repairs. Without the use of the fish cleaning station, park visitors resort to use of waste receptacles, which attract rodents, raccoons, feral animals and vultures. Park employees are constantly cleaning up fish waste and coming in close proximity to wildlife creating a severe safety hazard. The fish cleaning station holding tanks, grinder, and shelter will have changes made to them to make this project a much better investment and provide a more reliable asset for our visitors.
Completion of this project will provide uninterrupted high value visitor service. It will also mitigate real safety hazards for visitors and employees associated with fish waste being discarded in waste receptacles and on the ground. It will save valuable time and resources and allow a limited maintenance staff to focus on other activities.