Current Issues

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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Volunteers Needed for Earth Weekend Cleanup on April 20

Eel River Cleanup Project and Friends of the Eel River are collaborating on a cleanup event on Saturday April 20 from 11am – 2pm. Heading north on Redwood Drive from...
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How Do Fish Get Counted, and Why Does Genetic Diversity Matter? EcoNews Report #225

  This week on the EcoNews Report we discuss how fish are monitored and counted. Our host Alicia Hamann from Friends of the Eel River is joined by Dave Kajtaniak...
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KMUD Environment Show: Dam Removal, Groundwater, and the Great Redwood Trail

Tune into this recording from the KMUD Environment Show hosted by Tom Wheeler to hear our Executive Director Alicia Hamann discuss our most pressing initiatives at Friends of the Eel...
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Letter to the Great Redwood Trail Board in Support of Indigenous Communities

March 26, 2024 Dear Chair Hart and Board Members, Friends of the Eel River (FOER) and allied organizations support the Great Redwood Trail and have a deep and long- standing...
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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: Apr. 22 – May 5, 2024

May 5, 2024

Over the past two weeks, one adult steelhead (female 1, male 0, unknown 0) was observed moving upstream through the fishway at Cape Horn Dam. For the week of April 22 – 28, one adult steelhead (female) was observed. For the week of April 29 – May 5, no steelhead were observed moving upstream through the fishway at Cape Horn Dam. The season total for adult upstream migrating steelhead stands at 217 (female 96, male 83, unknown 38). The season total for subadult steelhead stands at 50.

During this same timeframe, 528 adult Pacific lampreys were observed ascending over Cape Horn Dam (198 4/22 – 4/28; 330 4/29 – 5/5), bringing the season total to 665 upstream migrant lampreys.

Andrew Anderson

PG&E | Aquatic Biologist


Learn more about fish counts on the Eel River here.