Securing a Future for the Eel River

Dear Friends, We stand poised on the brink of making huge changes for the Eel’s future. There has never been a more important time for you to engage. Please, act today.Help us help the Eel River. Send your comments asking for removal of the Eel River dams to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by August 4. See details below. And send Friends of the Eel River some help when you can. We depend … Read more

Cal. Supreme Court Rules CEQA Applies in North Coast Railroad Case

Case against North Coast Rail Authority brought by Friends of the Eel River and Californians Against Toxics to be reheard San Francisco – The California Supreme Court today agreed that the North Coast Rail Authority must comply with environmental review requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) with respect to the reopening tracks that … Read more

Action Alert: Oppose H.R. 23 “Gaining Responsibility on Water” Act

After passing the House last week, H.R. 23, San Joaquin Valley Republican David Valadao’s “Gaining Responsibility on Water” Act was received by the Senate this week. This bill would prevent California from managing its own rivers, fisheries, and public trust resources – even going so far as to specifically prohibit the application of the Endangered … Read more

Catastrophic engineering expert asks: Is Oroville Dam leaking?

One of the country’s foremost experts on catastrophic engineering failures released a new report Thursday on the troubled Oroville Dam that asks a disturbing question: Is the country’s tallest dam leaking? State dam managers have insisted for months that there’s no problem, and that persistent green wet spots near the top left abutment of the … Read more

A Leap in Lampreys: Unlovely Fish Make Welcome Comback

POTTER VALLEY, Mendocino County — This year’s historic gush of water through California’s rivers brings the dawning of a renaissance for lampreys, a peculiar fish that migrates upstream to spawn but without the fanfare of its salmon and steelhead compatriots. On a recent afternoon in wooded hills some 150 miles north of San Francisco, dozens … Read more

State Transportation Commission Raises Eyebrow at North Coast Railroad Authority Finances, Asks Perennially Beleaguered Agency to Prepare “Shutdown Plan”

Last week, members of the California Transportation Commission got tough with the North Coast Railroad Authority, the public agency that owns the defunct railroad tracks around Humboldt County, which has been operating in the red and selling off publicly owned property to stay afloat. After peppering the railroad authority’s executive director with a series of … Read more