PBS Newhour: Are Marijuana Growers Sucking California Dry?

Spencer Michaels of PBS NewsHour discusses low flows in the Eel River and the relationship with cannabis and grape farmers.Scott Greacen is interviewed and asked about the impact of low flows on fish and wildlife, May 2015 Read more about the growing culture of cannabis farming from PBS Newshour TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: California’s drought has forced … Read more

Farm Bureaus Jump into Supreme Court High-Speed Rail Case

A case before the California Supreme Court over a freight railroad in the northwestern reaches of the state has drawn the attention of agricultural organizations in the central San Joaquin Valley, but not because they have a particular stake in trains running through Santa Rosa, Ukiah and Eureka. The Farm Bureaus in Madera and Merced counties last … Read more

Regional Water Board Proposes Rules to Protect Water Quality from Impacts Associated with Marijuana Cultivation

A substantial crowd was on hand May 7 at Eureka’s Wharfinger Building as the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (generally known as the Regional Water Board) held a public workshop at its board meeting to discuss a draft framework for regulating water quality impacts associated with cultivation of marijuana and similar crops. The … Read more

PBS Newshour: Water for Weed

Spencer Michaels of PBS NewsHour discusses low flows in the Eel River and the relationship with cannabis and grape farmers. Scott Greacen is interviewed and asked about the impact of low flows on fish and wildlife, May 2015. Click here to learn about our work seeking effective regulation of California’s cannabis industry, including our lawsuit … Read more

Comments to US Army Corps re: Gravel Mining in Humboldt County

Thursday, April 02, 2015 Jim Mazza U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division 1455 Market Street 16th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103-1398 RE: Comments on Proposed Letters of Permission Procedure for Gravel Mining in Humboldt County (LOP 2015-1) Dear Mr. Mazza, On behalf of the Environmental Law Foundation (“ELF”) and Friends of the Eel River … Read more

The Sixth Mass Extinction is Happening in Humboldt

And Big Weed seems nearly as concerned about the loss of coho salmon as the timber industry was. In the last EcoNews, I wrote about the new federal Recovery Plan for coho salmon, and its warning that water diversions and sediment impacts associated with the booming marijuana industry present grave threats to coho recovery in … Read more

Learning from Yesterdays Mistakes to Avoid Tomorrows Tragedies

Though humans have lived along the bountiful shores and rivers of the far North Coast for tens of thousands of years, the span of our now-dominant civilization’s history here has only begun to exceed a century and a half. Looking particularly at the environmental history of the Eel River, it’s striking that some of the … Read more

Comments to Humboldt County Board of Supervisors re: General Plan Update, Water Resources Element

January 12, 2015 Dear Supervisors, On the whole, Friends of the Eel River believes the current draft of the Water Resources Element reflects the need to protect and restore our water resources. There are, however, still places in the draft where the wording could be improved to clarify the relationships between the goals the county … Read more

Fall Member Letter 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014 Dear Friends of the Eel River, It never rains but it pours. Here on the rainforest coast, the old saw often invokes less the classic series of unfortunate events than the fact that crisis and opportunity sometimes come, like our rain, by the bucket. After three long years of the most … Read more