Current Issues

North Coast Rail Legal Settlement to Protect Health of Eel and Russian River Watersheds, Advance Great Redwood Trail Project

North Coast Rail Legal Settlement to Protect Health of Eel and Russian River Watersheds, Advance Great Redwood Trail Project

Settlement between North Coast Rail Authority, Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics ends decade-long dispute, upholds bedrock environmental law and advances rail-to-trail project. Marin County,...
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A Free Flowing Future for the Eel River Within Reach

A Free Flowing Future for the Eel River Within Reach

Friends of the Eel River is proud to play an influential role in advancing real solutions for Eel River watershed health and fisheries recovery, and we are grateful for your...
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Cape Horn Dam Fish Ladder is Inadequate

Cape Horn Dam Fish Ladder is Inadequate

Amidst the tumultuous relicensing, auction, bankruptcy, and withdrawal developments for the Eel River dams, attention has largely centered around the most problematic of the two - Scott Dam, which is...
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Data Suggests Broad Decline Among Regional Bird Populations

Data Suggests Broad Decline Among Regional Bird Populations

"Data suggests that 2/3 of regional bird species are in decline, 1/3 of those are double digit declines" Friends of the Eel River's Conservation Director Scott Greacen hosts a discussion...
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A New Hope for an Ancestral River

A New Hope for an Ancestral River

  “Many people know that the river’s name is the Eel River right now, but the original name is Wiyot, that’s what we originated our name from and that is...
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Changing Landscapes: The Eel River Estuary

Changing Landscapes: The Eel River Estuary

Changing Landscapes: The Eel River Estuary is a documentary film in the making from film maker Barbara Domanchuk featuring a variety of projects aimed at restoring the Eel River estuary...
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Some Clarity At Last – PG&E Ends Dam Relicensing, Sale

Some Clarity At Last – PG&E Ends Dam Relicensing, Sale

We have great news for the Eel River and its fisheries. Days before entering bankruptcy, utility giant PG&E withdrew its application to relicense the Potter Valley Project and ended its...
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Friends of the Eel River Welcomes PG&E’s Abandonment of  Eel River Dams Relicensing Application

Friends of the Eel River Welcomes PG&E’s Abandonment of Eel River Dams Relicensing Application

(Eureka) Friends of the Eel River welcomes today’s announcement by PG&E that the utility is withdrawing its formal notice of intent to seek relicensing of the Potter Valley Project (PVP)...
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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 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.

May 2, 2019

The Chinook run is complete and the count stands at 95 (Male 30, Female 23, Jack 40, Unk. 2). One steelhead ascended the ladder this past week. The steelhead count stands at 309 (Male 87, Female 122, Unk. 100).

Scott L Harris

Associate Biologist (Marine/Fish)
Northern Region

Learn more about fish counts on the Eel River here.