Decommission and remove the Potter Valley Project from Eel River headwaters

Recovery for the Eel River by removing antiquated infrastructure

One of our long-term goals is to decommission and remove the two dams in the Eel River headwaters. The dams and their associated diversion tunnel and powerhouse are known as the Potter Valley Project. The project artificially diverts water out of the Eel River watershed and into the Russian River watershed. It also block fish access to about 10% of the watershed and is problematic for fisheries recovery. The license renewal process has begun, and thus has our opportunity to get the project decommissioned. Learn more about the Potter Valley Project here.

Ensure thorough environmental review of proposal to rebuild rail through the Eel River Canyon

Recovery for the Eel River by ensuring environmental review meets legal standards In 2017 the California Supreme Court heard our case against the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) and ruled in our favor. Our efforts to ensure thorough environmental review are paying off! Learn more about the NCRA here, and read our press release about the Supreme Court review here.

Encourage watershed stewardship among residents of the Eel River 

Recovery for the Eel River through watershed stewardship We provide education and resources about California water rights. We encourage residents to register their water rights. This helps develop a better understanding of how much water our communities need. We also encourage all residents to develop on-site water storage, capture winter flows and rainwater, and to not pump from springs or surface water in the summer. Learn more about watershed stewardship here.

Learn about other great work on the Eel River from the Eel River Forum.