Current Issues

Passing the Torch to a New Generation of Leadership

Passing the Torch to a New Generation of Leadership

Dear Friends of the Eel River community members, It is with both pride and a little sadness that I announce that I am passing the Friends of the Eel River leadership torch on. The past two...
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New Hope For Highest-Climbing Steelhead?

New Hope For Highest-Climbing Steelhead?

For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 12, 2019 For more information: Scott Greacen, Conservation Director scott @ eelriver dot org California Fish and Game Commission Moves To Protect Northern California Summer...
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Comment on Humboldt Wind Energy Project by June 14th

Comment on Humboldt Wind Energy Project by June 14th

The energy company Terra-Gen (DBA Humboldt Wind LLC) is proposing a wind energy development on Bear and Monument ridges in the Eel River watershed near the towns of Scotia and...
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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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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.

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.