Annual Report 2014


Friends of the Eel River

Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2014

Annual Report FY2014

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2014 Highlights
In January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to drought.  In March, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the State Water Resources Control Board announced expedited for installation of water tanks for landowners who currently divert from particular regions. This Small Domestic Use registration is available as long as the drought emergency lasts. Curtailment orders were issued on June 30th to all junior water rights holders on the Van Duzen, North Fork, and Mainstem Eel River.
In January PG&E, owners and operators of the Potter Valley Project, requested and were granted a temporary variance to reduce flows into the mainstem Eel River at Cape Horn dam through the end of January. The variance was extended and remained until April 1. 
We hosted a symposium in March – Got Water? Drought, Resilience, and the North Coast at the Fortuna Riverlodge. Watch video recordings of presentations here, read news coverage here.
Friends of the Eel River continued our mission to educate the public about and try to regulate impacts of marijuana cultivation. We participated with grow site cleanups on public land, and advocated for well thought-out cultivation regulations that protect the environment. The National Marine Fisheries Service released their Coho Recovery Plan for our region, and named marijuana cultivation as a factor in the species’ decline.
In September the Eel River disconnected near Fernbridge, several miles from the mouth. 
The California Supreme Court agreed to hear our parallel case with Californians for Alternatives to Toxins against the North Coast Railroad Authority. Read our press release here, or news coverage here.

Throughout 2013 Friends of the Eel River wrote six articles for EcoNews, a bimonthly publication of the Northcoast Environmental Center.

We hosted or were interviewed for roughly 20 radio programs, most of which can be accessed in our audio archives.

We published five electronic newsletters, which you can sign up to receive here, and of course our annual printed publication The Eel River Reporter.

We also sent out our usual summer and fall member letters – call us (707-822-3342) if you would like to receive our publications in the mail.

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