Current Issues

Talking About the Bigger Picture of California’s Legal Cannabis Industry

Talking About the Bigger Picture of California’s Legal Cannabis Industry

Are prohibitionary cities and counties unintentionally sanctioning the illegal cannabis market? Friends of the Eel River's Conservation Director Scott Greacen discusses this question with HDL's Cannabis Policy Advisor Mark Lovelace. Tune...
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All We Want for the Holidays is the Great Redwood Trail

All We Want for the Holidays is the Great Redwood Trail

We are so close we can almost smell the dust on the Great Redwood Trail, but the North Coast Railroad Authority is stuck in the past, fighting for rails over...
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Out of the Smoke, A Restorative Vision for the Upper Eel River

Out of the Smoke, A Restorative Vision for the Upper Eel River

FOER staff and Board spent a weekend in the Upper Eel river watershed in late November. Amidst the lingering smoke of the tragic Camp Fire that destroyed the town of...
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“Bi-partisan” Action at the Expense of California Salmon

“Bi-partisan” Action at the Expense of California Salmon

  What is the WIIN Act, and why are congressional representatives from California pushing to extend it 5 years before it expires? Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott...
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Friends of the Eel River Ask State, Feds to Protect Northern California Summer Steelhead

Friends of the Eel River Ask State, Feds to Protect Northern California Summer Steelhead

Friends of the Eel River submitted both federal ESA and CESA petitions to list Northern California Summer Steelhead as an Endangered Distinct Population Segment. Read our press release here. Both...
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Defending a Future for the Eel River

Defending a Future for the Eel River

Thank you for being a champion for the Eel River watershed. The staff and board of Friends of the Eel River are truly grateful for being able to count on...
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Is Policy Before Science the New Norm in Water Regulations?

Is Policy Before Science the New Norm in Water Regulations?

  Tune in for a discussion of how federal agencies are protecting fish, or rather failing to do so. Scott Greacen, Conservation Director for Friends of the Eel River is joined by...
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Help Stop the Attack on Rails to Trails

Help Stop the Attack on Rails to Trails

In response to a petition from an anti-trails group called the National Association of Reversionary Property Owners (NARPO), the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) is proposing to limit the time in...
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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 were victorious at the California Supreme Court in 2017 and established that the North Coast Railroad Authority does need to comply with California Environmental law. 

Click here to learn about this disastrous railroad and our attempt to ensure thorough environmental review.

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, downstream from Scott dam, is the smaller of the two dams and has a fish ladder.

January 14, 2019

One Chinook ascended the ladder this past period. The count stands at 95 (Male 30, Female 23, Jack 40, Unk. 2). Eight steelhead ascended the ladder this past period. The count stands at 20 (Male 7, Female 4, Unk. 9).

Scott L Harris

Associate Biologist (Marine/Fish)
Northern Region

Learn more about fish counts on the Eel River here.