Current Issues

Big Doings on the Beautiful Eel River

  On this week's EcoNews Report, Scott and Alicia from Friends of the Eel River join Gang Green to talk about dam removal and FERC relicensing. Also, the coal train...
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Celebrating Victories and Standing Up to Corporate Bullies

Dear Friends, Taking time to pause and celebrate victories is often challenging, but it is so good for the soul. So, I want to take a moment to shout from...
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David Keller retires after over 20 years protecting the Eel River

Many colleagues will probably recognize the tagline from David’s email signature, “how would you manage the Russian River for sustainable water supply and restored fisheries with NO water taken from...
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Coal Train Update

In the last month, there's been a flurry of activity from the federal Surface Transportation Board, entities seeking to take the Northwest Pacific Rail right-of-way from the public, and those...
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Sifting Through the Studies: Scott Dam Removal

When dams are removed, a variety of experts from engineers to hydrologists and biologists develop plans to minimize negative impacts on aquatic life. When PG&E’s license for the Potter Valley...
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KMUD The Environment Show – Exciting Times Fighting for the Eel River

KMUD: The Environment Show May 3, 2022 Every Tuesday at 7 PM Host: Tom Wheeler of EPIC Guests: Alicia Hamann, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River and Redgie...
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Virtual Press Conference: Fisheries Groups Announce Intent to Sue PG&E for Violations of the Endangered Species Act

  Friends of the Eel River, along with our allies at California Trout, Trout Unlimited, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, and Institute for Fisheries Resources announced our intent to...
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Environmental, Fishing Groups Give 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue Pacific Gas & Electric

For Immediate Release April 18, 2022 Environmental, Fishing Groups Give Notice of Intent to Sue Pacific Gas and Electric to Minimize Harms to Salmon Until Eel River Dams Are Removed...
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Core Programs

One of Friends of the Eel River’s long-term goals, decommissioning and removal of the Eel River dams, may soon become a reality.

Click here to learn more about the two Eel River dams and what we are doing to get them removed.

Friends of the Eel River’s 2017 win at the California Supreme Court helped pave the way for a new future along the old Northwestern Pacific Rail line. Thanks to Senator Mike McGuire and many others, the right of way is transitioning into a rail-to-trail project known as the Great Redwood Trail.

Click here to learn about the transition and the vision for the Great Redwood Trail.

Friends of the Eel River advocates for beneficial land-use policies and effective regulations at the county-level and encourages land owners to practices watershed stewardship.

Click here to access landowner resources and learn about our advocacy.


Eel River Fish Count Station at Van Arsdale Reservoir

 

Cape Horn dam impounds the river to form Van Arsdale Reservoir. It is located downstream from Scott dam, is the smaller of the two dams, and has a fish ladder.

2021-2022 Adult Migration Season: May 9 – June 5, 2022

June 5, 2022

Over the past month, 3 steelhead ascended the fish ladder at VAFS; the season total stands at 234 (95 Female, 90 Male, 41 Unknown, and 8 Subadult).

This month no Chinook salmon ascended the fish ladder at VAFS; the season total stands at 457 (181 Female, 156 Male, 36 Unknown, and 84 Subadult).

Additionally, the first adult Pacific lamprey of the season arrived on April 27th. The season total stands at 16 adult lamprey observed.

Andrew Anderson

PG&E | Aquatic Biologist

 

Learn more about fish counts on the Eel River here.