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Study Finds Loss of Electric Generation from Glen Canyon Dam Would Have Negligible Impact on Western Grid

Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River has a total generating capacity of 1,320 megawatts, far exceeding the minuscule maximum capacity of the Potter Valley Project at 9.4 megawatts. Economic consulting firm Power Consulting recently published their study, The Impact of ...

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Benbow Dam Removal Began August 1

California’s environment got a little help from humans this month when the destruction of The Benbow Dam began on Aug. 1. Though seen as a sad day for many who used the Benbow Lake during its 50 years as a community ...

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Cape Horn Dam | Photo courtesy of June Ruckman

What is Decision 1610?

Friends of the Eel River seeks the decommissioning and removal of the two century-old dams on the upper mainstem Eel River, and an end to the diversion of Eel River flows to the Russian River. That water is taken from ...

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Summer Member Letter

July 2016 Dear Friends of the Eel River, Here it is. The blue skies and bright sunshine of Summer 2016 are upon us. For many of us, it’s time to head to the wild places, to the rivers and mountains that sustain us. ...

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Potentially toxic Anabaena growing in a bed of decaying Cladophora in South Fork Eel River side water in Phillipsville on Aug. 1.

Algae Warning Issued in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties

Press release from Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services: Typically, algae warnings come out between late July and early August, coinciding with low flows and sustained high temperatures in the inland areas. These factors, coupled with drought conditions, may ...

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Eel River Action Plan

Eel River Action Plan

A four-year effort by a coalition of diverse stakeholders along California’s third largest river, the Eel River, recently culminated in the completion of a new plan aimed at restoring the watershed’s once thriving fish runs and ecosystems. The plan’s creation was ...

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A marijuana garden in the Willow Creek area in 2015 has over 1400 plants on excavated flats. Large grows like these worry rural communities in Humboldt | Photo courtesy of Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

As The Green Rush Explodes in Rural Neighborhoods, Conflicts Grow and a Community Calls a Meeting

Rural watersheds across the Emerald Counties feel the strain as the Green Rush has exploded this last decade. Marijuana gardens are growing bigger and more remote properties are converting to cannabis farms. Pam Walker, a dispatcher for Southern Trinity Area Rescue ...

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Eel River PSA, By: Alice DiMicele, featuring Vince Herman

Pacific Lamprey spawning in the Eel River on April 18, 2015

Footage by Dustin Revel

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