ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Tennessee Valley Authority will help keep a federal fish hatchery in East Tennessee stay open for at least three more years.

The Erwin National Fish Hatchery has faced closure in the past due to federal budget cuts.

The Johnson City Press cited a statement by Alexander that says the TVA has entered into an agreement with state and federal wildlife agencies that has the agency purchasing fish from both of Tennessee's national fish hatcheries for fish mitigation. That also includes the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery.

Meanwhile, the statement says TVA officials will work with state and federal authorities to find a permanent solution.

The TWRA has said the two hatcheries are responsible for raising 60% of all trout in Tennessee.

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