The Tribe purchased the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery in 2013. Under TDN Tribal Resolution 10- 12, RCFH was established as a Tribal Organization to promote Tribal environmental stewardship; and to support and promote the historical, customary, cultural, and economic practices of the Tribe. TDN is working with funding and regulatory agencies to upgrade the fifty year-old hatchery facilities to provide volitional juvenile and adult fish passage and improve water conservation. RCFH has two integrated hatchery programs that produce Chinook and steelhead for tribal subsistence harvest, tribal and county economic development, and environmental education.
The TDN Fisheries Program has made significant progress at RCFH by improving regulatory compliance, program performance, and modernizing infrastructure. Since its acquisition the Fisheries Program has been working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Hatchery Maintenance Program and other federal and state funding sources to develop a hatchery operations manual and recently completed two federally approved Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMP) for the facility’s Chinook salmon and steelhead production programs. Additionally, TDN has worked with consultants to inventory the state of existing infrastructure at the hatchery and develop phased plans for infrastructure upgrades when funding becomes available. In fall of 2019, TDN completed implementation of the RCFH Solar Project, which received funding from the BIA and Department of Energy (DOE) to install solar panels at the facility that are expected to offset electricity costs by ~75%.