Action Alert

Lend your voice to protect the Wild and Scenic Eel River.
Engage in direct action and secure a future for our watershed.

Subscribe to FERC’s updates for the Potter Valley Project, docket #P-77

Humboldt County Commercial Cannabis Draft EIR

Humboldt County’s Cannabis Cultivation Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is now available for review. We believe that the DEIR does not adequately address cumulative impacts from the thousands of cannabis cultivation sites currently in existence. The county has failed to conduct thorough analysis of cannabis cultivation impacts, so we don’t have the data necessary to determine how much activity our landscape can handle. But we do know that fish are dying unnecessarily.

Help us demand effective regulation for our watershed!

Click here to learn more and submit comments by October 16

Scoping Comments on Eel River Dams

We need members of the public to join us in submitting comments to FERC by August 4 that call for two main things. First, for FERC to reissue their scoping notice for this project and include project decommissioning and removal as an alternative for detailed study in the Environmental Impact Study. Second, we need members of the public, particularly those who live downstream from the dams, to demand transparency of dam safety materials, including an Emergency Action Plan.

Please help us remove dams on the Eel River!

Click here to learn more and submit comments by August 4

Wild & Scenic Rivers Protection, AB 975

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 and recognizing all river-associated values protected in the federal system, including historical, cultural, geological, and other similar values. Logging and water development interests have targeted AB 975, making outrageous claims that the bill adds rivers to the system, expands 200-foot special treatment areas under the state’s logging regulations, and that it would adversely affect the state’s current wild and scenic study of the Mokelumne River. None of these claims are true.

Please help us urge Assemblymember Jim Wood to vote YES on AB 975

Click here to learn more and take action

Eel River Valley Groundwater

Lower Eel_9.15.2014The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) established a process for local agencies to develop an Alternative in lieu of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.

Humboldt County submitted an “Alternative” claiming the lower Eel River groundwater basin has operated within sustainable yield for the past 10 years. Given the low flows and other issues like salt water intrusion in the lower Eel valley, we do not agree that the basin has operated within sustainable yield.

Learn more about SGMA
Humboldt County’s SGMA Alternative
Comments accepted here until April 1 2017

BLM’s NW California Resource Management Plan

File_007The Bureau of Land Management is updating their Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan, the purpose of which is to make land use decisions to guide the management of BLM lands within the planning area. The plan needs to needs to address current planning issues and resource conditions. Managers should use up to date information and incorporate present-day policies and direction.

In our comments we encourage protecting wild lands from human impacts; restoring native species, functional wildlife habitat, and ecological processes; and connecting the public to the landscape with sustainable recreation opportunities.

Read our comments here.

Fish Flows Project

Potter Valley Project Diversion TunnelAsk Sonoma County Water Agency to manage the Russian River without Eel River water.

Under orders from the State Water Board and federal fisheries managers, the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) is rewriting the rules that govern stream flows in the Russian River watershed. This is important because water diverted from the upper mainstem Eel River through the Potter Valley Project has long been used to cover up the over-allocation and mismanagement of the Russian River’s own flows.

Click here to learn more and comment by March 10 2017.