Current Issues

Ocean Ranch Restoration Project

Recently we toured the Ocean Ranch Restoration Project in the Eel River Wildlife Area. The Eel River Wildlife Area is a 2,600-acre complex in the Eel River estuary and is...
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Sifting Through the Studies: Eel River Dams and Fish Passage

The Eel River once flowed unobstructed from its headwaters in Mendocino County to the Pacific Ocean, supporting the third largest salmon and steelhead runs in California. Over a million fish...
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Friends of the Eel River Notifies Humboldt County of Intent to Sue

Friends of the Eel River Notifies Humboldt County of Intent to Sue Conservation group demands Humboldt County protect fisheries and other public trust values in the lower Eel River Friends...
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Conservation and Fishing Groups File Lawsuit in Federal Court Over Endangered Species Act Violations at Eel River Dams

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2022 Contact California Trout – Redgie Collins – rcollins(at)caltrout.org Friends of the Eel River – Alicia Hamann – alicia(at)eelriver.org Institute for Fisheries Resources - Glen...
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Big Doings on the Beautiful Eel River

  On this week's EcoNews Report, Scott and Alicia from Friends of the Eel River join Gang Green to talk about dam removal and FERC relicensing. Also, the coal train...
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Celebrating Victories and Standing Up to Corporate Bullies

Dear Friends, Taking time to pause and celebrate victories is often challenging, but it is so good for the soul. So, I want to take a moment to shout from...
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David Keller retires after over 20 years protecting the Eel River

Many colleagues will probably recognize the tagline from David’s email signature, “how would you manage the Russian River for sustainable water supply and restored fisheries with NO water taken from...
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Coal Train Update

In the last month, there's been a flurry of activity from the federal Surface Transportation Board, entities seeking to take the Northwest Pacific Rail right-of-way from the public, and those...
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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.

2021-2022 Adult Migration Season: May 9 – June 5, 2022

June 5, 2022

Over the past month, 3 steelhead ascended the fish ladder at VAFS; the season total stands at 234 (95 Female, 90 Male, 41 Unknown, and 8 Subadult).

This month no Chinook salmon ascended the fish ladder at VAFS; the season total stands at 457 (181 Female, 156 Male, 36 Unknown, and 84 Subadult).

Additionally, the first adult Pacific lamprey of the season arrived on April 27th. The season total stands at 16 adult lamprey observed.

Andrew Anderson

PG&E | Aquatic Biologist

 

Learn more about fish counts on the Eel River here.