Current Issues

FERC Urgently Needs to Approve PG&E’s Flow Variance Request

As many of you are likely now familiar, PG&E is unable to meet the flow schedule for the Potter Valley Project as outlined in their amended license from 2004. This...
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PG&E Delaying Eel River Dam Removal, Locals Demand a Free Eel River!

PG&E announced on Friday, May 31 late last week that it will request a 7-month extension from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in decommissioning the Eel River dams. Stakeholders...
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Scoping Comments on the Great Redwood Trail PEIR

  Whenever a state agency begins a new development project, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires agencies to evaluate and disclose to the public the potential environmental impacts of...
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Great Opportunities and Challenges for the Great Redwood Trail: EcoNews Report #234

 This week on the EcoNews Report, our host Alicia Hamann from Friends of the Eel River discusses the opportunities and challenges presented by the Great Redwood Trail. The project,...
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Critical Dam Safety Documents Need to Be Made Public

Friends of the Eel River has long been pursuing more clarity from PG&E on dam safety at the Potter Valley Project. The utility company has long made the choice to...
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Unmanageable with Alicia Bales: Eel River Deep Dive

 Tune into this clip from Episode 8 of "Unmanageable with Alicia Bales" to hear Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director Scott Greacen break down dam removal at the...
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Help Protect Public Access to the Van Duzen River and Future Great Redwood Trail

Have you or someone you known been around Humboldt County since the 1970s? If so, perhaps you can help protect public access to the Van Duzen river and the future...
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Comments on PG&E’s Flow Variance Request

The Potter Valley Project, which blocks access to pristine, cold water spawning habitat for Eel River salmonids, is no longer a functioning hydroelectric project. PG&E has announced plans to remove...
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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.

2023-2024 Adult Migration Season: May 2024

May 26, 2024

Adult fish migration activity through the fishway at Cape Horn Dam has decreased significantly during May, and as a result, this will be the last update for the 2023/24 season. Over the past three weeks one (1) adult steelhead (female 1, male 0, unknown 0) and two subadult steelhead were observed moving upstream through the fishway at Cape Horn Dam. The one (1) adult steelhead was observed during the week of May 6 – 12; no adult steelhead were observed during the last two weeks of monitoring. The two subadult steelhead were observed during the week of May 13 – 19 (1 subadult) and May 20 – 26 (1 subadult). The season total for adult upstream migrating steelhead stands at 218 (female 97, male 83, unknown 38). The season total for subadult steelhead stands at 52.

During this same timeframe, 1,162 adult Pacific lampreys were observed ascending over Cape Horn Dam, bringing the season total to 1,827 upstream migrant lampreys.

Andrew Anderson

PG&E | Aquatic Biologist


Learn more about fish counts on the Eel River here.