New Hope For Highest-Climbing Steelhead?

Summer steelhead in the Middle Fork Eel River. | Photo by Shaun Thompson Cal Dept of Fish & Wildlife

For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 12, 2019 For more information: Scott Greacen, Conservation Director scott @ eelriver dot org California Fish and Game Commission Moves To Protect Northern California Summer Steelhead Redding – The California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to begin the process of listing Northern California summer steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus) … Read more

North Coast Rail Legal Settlement to Protect Health of Eel and Russian River Watersheds, Advance Great Redwood Trail Project

Settlement between North Coast Rail Authority, Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics ends decade-long dispute, upholds bedrock environmental law and advances rail-to-trail project. Marin County, Calif. – The North Coast Rail Authority agreed in late April to a legal settlement with non-profit organizations Friends of the Eel River and Californians … Read more

A Free Flowing Future for the Eel River Within Reach

Friends of the Eel River is proud to play an influential role in advancing real solutions for Eel River watershed health and fisheries recovery, and we are grateful for your support and partnership. These are pivotal – and exciting – times for ensuring a more sustainable future for our region, and we take our obligation … 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

Some Clarity At Last – PG&E Ends Dam Relicensing, Sale

We have great news for the Eel River and its fisheries. Days before entering bankruptcy, utility giant PG&E withdrew its application to relicense the Potter Valley Project and ended its attempt to sell the project, which includes two dams on the upper mainstem Eel River. Friends of the Eel River has been working for decades … Read more

Friends of the Eel River Welcomes PG&E’s Abandonment of Eel River Dams Relicensing Application

(Eureka) Friends of the Eel River welcomes today’s announcement by PG&E that the utility is withdrawing its formal notice of intent to seek relicensing of the Potter Valley Project (PVP) before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and ceasing its efforts to sell off the two dams and associated diversion works. The two dams and … Read more

Talking About the Bigger Picture of California’s Legal Cannabis Industry

Cannabis growing in Humboldt County

Are prohibitionary cities and counties unintentionally sanctioning the illegal cannabis market? Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott Greacen discusses this question with HDL‘s Cannabis Policy Advisor Mark Lovelace. Tune in to hear about California’s first year of legal cannabis. Legislation legalizing recreational cannabis in California provided robust local control by allowing cities and counties … Read more

Out of the Smoke, A Restorative Vision for the Upper Eel River

Restorative Vision for the Upper Eel River

FOER staff and Board spent a weekend in the Upper Eel river watershed in late November. Amidst the lingering smoke of the tragic Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, we took stock of the impacts of the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest in California’s history, that burned through the upper Eel only a … Read more

“Bi-partisan” Action at the Expense of California Salmon

Aerial view of Shasta Dam

  What is the WIIN Act, and why are congressional representatives from California pushing to extend it 5 years before it expires? Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott Greacen explores these questions and more with guests John McManus and Regina Chichizola. John is the president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, which represents both … Read more