The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, in partnership with the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery, strives to be stewards of the environment while making hatchery operations more efficient and cost-effective.

The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation recently contracted with Greenwired Renewable Energy Solutions to install a 312-panel solar electric system at the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery. The 113.88kw PV system will offset approximately 75 to 80 percent of current electricity consumption with renewable solar energy and will also provide a significant reduction in the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting system will save the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery approximately $21,000 annually in energy costs. Tribal TERO workers participated in co-construction, building TDN’s capacity to maintain the new system and administer future energy projects. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery rears and releases Chinook and steelhead into the Smith River each year, supporting fishing opportunities that have annually brought money into the local community. Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery is in operation 365 days each year. Numerous school children visit the hatchery and several of the local schools have developed classroom incubation programs. This technology allows each student with a hands-on opportunity to experience the wonder of nature.