Video from California Supreme Court Hearing

Video from our hearing at the California Supreme Court on May 4 challenging the North Coast Railroad Authority’s refusal to conduct thorough environmental review is now available. A decision is required within 90 days of the hearing, we anticipate a decision may be published in early July. Listen to our June 1 EcoNews Report on KHSU or … Read more

How Will the Salmon Survive? Fisheries in a Warming California

Earlier in May, scientists released a report warning that as many as three fourths of California’s 31 types of native salmon and trout might go extinct within 100 years. The ominous forecast made headlines nationwide as reporters and editors highlighted the main takeaways – that climate change and a variety of human activities, including agriculture … Read more

Action Alert: Wild & Scenic River Protection

Please Urge Assemblymember Wood To Support Improved Wild & Scenic River Protection Ask Him To Vote “Yes” On AB 975 (Friedman) AB 975 modifies California’s Wild & Scenic River protections to meet Federal standards by expanding the area of state protection beyond the edge of the river to ¼ mile on each side of the river … Read more

Thanks for Commenting on Groundwater Sustainability!

The Department of Water Resources received more comments for Humboldt County’s Groundwater Alternative Plan than any other alternative plan submitted in the state. Thank you for participating in our action alert and helping us push for truly sustainable management of the lower Eel River’s groundwater basin. We will keep you updated as this issue progresses. … Read more

California Trout and UC Davis Release New Study Detailing High Risk of Losing Native Fish

SOS II: Fish in Hot Water Knowledge is power CalTrout and UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences have released State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water, an in-depth report that details the status of California’s 32 native salmon, steelhead, and trout. The science-based report is clear – if we don’t act, we risk … Read more

Scoping Comments – Environmental Impact Report for Amendments to Hum Co Code Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities

Tuesday, May 9, 2017   Humboldt County Planning & Building Department Attn: Steve Lazar, Senior Planner 3015 H Street Eureka, CA 95501-4484 via email to slazar@co.humboldt.ca.us Re: Scoping Comments – Environmental Impact Report for Amendments to Humboldt County Code Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities Dear Mr. Lazar, The following comments are offered on behalf of the … Read more

Oroville Dam Problems May Point to Systemic Industry Issues

The spillway problems that occurred at the Oroville Dam in February may be part of more systemic issues in the dam industry, says Stanford dam expert Martin McCann, Jr. ON MAY 3, California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the fourth report by an independent board of consultants examining what went wrong during the Oroville Dam … Read more

Pacific Lamprey Attemping Van Arsdale Fish Ladder

Pacific lamprey attempting fish ladder on Eel River

During a site visit to the Potter Valley Project Friends of the Eel River staff observed lamprey attempting and mostly failing to climb the fish ladder at the Van Arsdale fish counting station. Pacific Lamprey, the fish for which the Eel River was “mis-named” are anadromous just like salmon, meaning they migrate between freshwater and … Read more