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A map of proposed dams and reservoirs on North Coast rivers. Note the approximate location of the currently planned Sites Reservoir.

The Reservoir Stops Here

By Will Parrish Part I October 15, 2015 On the edge of the Yolly Bolly Wilderness, about 15 miles north of the dusty cattle and marijuana town of Covelo, 81-year-old Richard Wilson sits across from me in a ranch house his father constructed ...

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Eel River Flows Still Too Low in Peak Salmon Spawning Period + RVITs Comments to FERC

This month’s rainfall and cooler temperatures have helped lessen the strain on salmon migrating on the Eel River, but not near enough to ease the concerns of local researchers. And they have their reasons. By: Will Houston November 29, 2015 Eureka Times Standard Since ...

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Learning from Forests

Forests play a significant role in the process of moving water throughout the landscape. As we learned from Eli Asarian's recently published report on streamflow and precipitation trends in the Eel River basin, the age and density of our forests impacts ...

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FOER Comments on Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance & Waiver of Waste Discharge

Click below to download pdf documents of our comments on marijuana cultivation legislation in 2015. Friends of the Eel River's comments to the Humboldt County Planning & Building Department on November 4 Re: Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance.  Friends of the Eel River's comments to ...

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Let's Not Allow the Marijuana Industry to Write Its Own Rules

Under a tight March 2016 timeline set by new California laws regulating medical marijuana, Humboldt County is scrambling at last to write locally appropriate rules for commercial cannabis cultivation. Among the most significant problems the new rules must address is ...

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Two New Reports: Lower Snake River Dams Failing to Pay Their Way

The following article was published by Idaho Rivers United. A system of outdated dams and locks on the lower Snake River in eastern Washington state is in continued and serious economic decline, according to two reports released this week by Save ...

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An adult Chinook salmon showing sign of infection and blindness with milky white eyes found during an Oct. 20 survey on small pools on the Eel River near Fernbridge. The lack of adequate flows on the river has caused hundreds of salmon to crowd together in small pools, thus increasing risk of infection and lack of oxygen.

Eel River Salmon go Blind Awaiting Rain

By Will Houston Recent high tides and brief mid-September rains gave some Eel River salmon a fleeting chance to move closer to their spawning grounds. But a lack of adequate flows on the river is causing many fish to fall ill ...

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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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