Current Issues

FOER proclaims victory for Northern California summer steelhead

For immediate release: Thursday, June 17, 2021 Alicia Hamann, Executive Director, alicia(at)eelriver.org, Scott Greacen, Conservation Director, scott(at)eelriver.org Northern California summer steelhead listed as Endangered under the California Endangered Species Act...
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Low Flows in the Eel River Require Action to Protect Public Trust Values

Flows in the mainstem Eel River are at historically low levels. In fact flows are lower now than they were in 2014 when the river disconnected in the fall and...
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Take action to help us protect Northern California summer steelhead and Klamath Spring chinook!

At its June 16, 2021 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission will decide whether to protect Klamath Spring Chinook salmon and Northern California summer steelhead under the California Endangered...
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FOER Comments to FERC on PG&E’s latest Flow Variance Request

For the seventh time over the past nine years, PG&E is requesting yet another flow variance at the Potter Valley Project due to limited water availability. As the utility explained...
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Take the 30×30 Survey!

The 30 x 30 program in California stems from a global initiative, the Campaign for Nature, which seeks to get a commitment from the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to...
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Dam Safety Series: Design

What is wrong with this picture? Looking below the surface at Scott Dam’s design Did you know Scott Dam was originally designed to run straight across the Eel River Canyon?...
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Protecting the ‘Grand Canyon’ of the Eel River

The Wildlands Conservancy is close to acquiring the 26,600 acre Lone Pine Ranch. This property contains more than 20 miles of river frontage, hundreds of acres of wetlands, and over...
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Friends of the Eel River comments on FERC Office of Public Participation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asked for our input on development of their new Office of Public Participation, so of course we didn't hold back. Engaging with FERC and...
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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.

June 3, 2021 – Final Update for 2020-2021 Adult Migration Season

This past week no Chinook salmon ascended the ladder; the season total stands at 65.

This past two weeks no steelhead ascended the fish ladder at VAFS; the season total count stands at 212 (86 Female, 75 Male, 41 Unknown, and 10 Subadult).

Andrew Anderson

PG&E | Aquatic Biologist

 

Learn more about fish counts on the Eel River here.