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

BREAKING NEWS: Pacific Gas and Electric Withdraws “Notice of Intent to File License Application”

From Pacific Gas and Electric: NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE LICENSE APPLICATION AND PRE–APPLICATION DOCUMENT On April 6, 2017, pursuant to 18 C.F.R. §§ 5.5 and 5.6, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”), filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) notice of its intent to file an application for a … Read more

FOER Discusses Humboldt County Lawsuit on Jefferson Exchange

Cannabis growing in Humboldt County

“When we’re talking about the watershed impacts the impacts on fisheries and fish habitat and things that need our rivers and streams, the biggest overall by far is sediment production”   Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott Greacen joins Jefferson Exchange’s Geoffrey Riley for a discussion of FOER’s lawsuit against Humboldt County over … Read more

New Earthquake Hazards App Shows Fault Line at Scott Dam Location

Bartlett Springs fault runs right through the middle of Lake Pillsbury Reservoir.

A new app from the California Department of Conservation called EQ Zapp identifies earthquake hazard zones based on several types of geologic ground failures. These include fault ruptures, liquefaction of the soil, and earthquake induced landslides. The EQ Zapp shows a startling picture of Lake Pillsbury reservoir with Bartlett Springs fault running right through it. … Read more

Friends of the Eel River is Growing!

Dear Friend of the Eel River, We are happy to announce that we are growing to meet the mounting challenges to the health of the Eel River. Stephanie Tidwell joined our team as the new Executive Director on October 2nd. Having previously served as Executive Director at the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Stephanie is no stranger … Read more

North Coast Railroad Authority Seeks Permission to Ignore State Law from SCOTUS

Railroad falling into the Eel River

Last month the California Supreme Court ruled in our favor, and said that the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) needs to follow state law in attempting to rebuild their failed rail line through the Eel River canyon. This important decision means that before rebuilding the Northwest Pacific line, at one time the most expensive rail … Read more

Eel River Dams (de)licensing Update

Potter Valley Project map

Every thirty to fifty years, hydropower projects get relicensed. Everyone knows that hydroelectric power is clean power, dams are good for rivers and fish, and even old dams never suffer any serious failures. So we should keep them all! At least, that appears to be how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) thinks. The agency … Read more

Securing a Future for the Eel River

Dear Friends, We stand poised on the brink of making huge changes for the Eel’s future. There has never been a more important time for you to engage.  Please, act today.Help us help the Eel River. Send your comments asking for removal of the Eel River dams to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by August 4. See details below. And send Friends of the Eel River some help when you can. We depend … Read more

Cal. Supreme Court Rules CEQA Applies in North Coast Railroad Case

Case against North Coast Rail Authority brought by Friends of the Eel River and Californians Against Toxics to be reheard San Francisco – The California Supreme Court today agreed that the North Coast Rail Authority must comply with environmental review requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) with respect to the reopening tracks that … Read more