FOER Comments on 8 Mile Bridge

Eight Mile Bridge

CalTrans is preparing to rebuild Eight Mile Bridge, formally known as South Eel River Bridge, on hwy 162 crossing Outlet Creek. In their Initial Study CalTrans proposes a Mitigated Negative Declaration, and recognizes the public dangers posed by this seismically unsound structure with very narrow traffic lanes and shoulders. Our primary concerns are limiting disruption … Read more

Is PG&E Concealing Dam Safety Liabilities?

Friends of the Eel River has been evaluating the safety and reliability of Scott Dam for several years now. We continue to have serious concerns about structural integrity and seismic stability, as well as PG&E’s failure to evaluate and disclose such liabilities. Please read our letter below to key elected officials, an attempt to draw … Read more

Comments on Humboldt Wind Energy Project Final EIR

Friends of the Eel River’s comments to the Humboldt County Planning Department on the Humboldt Wind Energy Final EIR. It is our understanding that this project is likely to be approved by the Supervisors. Thus, the intention of our comments is to provide suggestions for conditions the Planning Commission could place on the project to … Read more

Joint Terra-Gen Wind Project Letter

Sent via email to jford@co.humboldt.ca.us on date shown below September 12, 2019 Director John Ford 3015 H St Eureka, CA 95501 Dear Director Ford, On behalf of the Environmental Protection Information Center, Northcoast Environmental Center, Humboldt 350, Friends of the Eel River, North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, Redwood Region Audubon, and … Read more

FOER Comments on Humboldt Wind Energy Project DEIR

June 14, 2019 Humboldt Wind Project Planner County of Humboldt Planning and Building Department, Planning Division 3015 H Street Eureka, CA 95501 CEQAResponses@co.humboldt.ca.us RE: Humboldt Wind Energy Project Dear Planners: Please accept these DEIR comments on the Humboldt Wind Energy Project from Friends of the Eel River (FOER). While FOER is supportive of the development … Read more

Cape Horn Dam Fish Ladder is Inadequate

Cape Horn fish ladder clogged with gravel and debris after high flows.

Amidst the tumultuous relicensing, auction, bankruptcy, and withdrawal developments for the Eel River dams, attention has largely centered around the most problematic of the two – Scott Dam, which is structurally unsound and has zero fish passage. However, while there is a fish ladder at the Van Arsdale Fish Station at Cape Horn Dam, recent … Read more

Friends of the Eel River Ask State, Feds to Protect Northern California Summer Steelhead

Friends of the Eel River submitted both federal ESA and CESA petitions to list Northern California Summer Steelhead as an Endangered Distinct Population Segment. Read our press release here. Both petitions are largely based on a combination of the extensive 2017 report by Moyle et al on the status of California salmonids, State of the … Read more

PG&E Moves To Auction Off Eel River Dams Amid Growing Seismic Safety Concerns

Geologic Map Gravelly Valley

Utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) began seeking potential buyers today for two aging dams on the upper Eel River, even as new questions emerge about the vulnerability of the larger dam to seismic shocks. A conservation group working to remove the dams released a technical analysis today that identifies an active landslide above the … Read more

FOER Comments on Humboldt Wind Energy Project Notice of Preparation

Cliff Johnson, Senior Planner County of Humboldt Planning & Building Department 3015 H Street Eureka, CA 95501 RE: Humboldt Wind Energy Project NOP for DEIR Dear Mr. Johnson: Please accept these scoping comments on the Humboldt Wind Energy Project from Friends of the Eel River (FOER). While FOER is supportive of the development of clean, … Read more

FOER Comments on Notice of Preparation for Ocean Ranch Restoration Project

July 12, 2018 Gordon Leppig, Senior Environmental Scientist California Department of Fish and Wildlife 619 2nd Street Eureka, CA 95501 RE: Notice of preparation of a DEIR for Ocean Ranch Restoration Project Dear California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Friends of the Eel River writes in support of the Ocean Ranch Restoration Project as outlined in the Notice … Read more