Protecting the ‘Grand Canyon’ of the Eel River

The Wildlands Conservancy is close to acquiring the 26,600 acre Lone Pine Ranch. This property contains more than 20 miles of river frontage, hundreds of acres of wetlands, and over 86 million board feet of trees in the standing forest, which can be protected to sequester vast amounts of carbon dioxide. The acquisition will build … Read more

Friends of the Eel River comments on FERC Office of Public Participation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asked for our input on development of their new Office of Public Participation, so of course we didn’t hold back. Engaging with FERC and extracting the information necessary to advocate for river protection in an informed manner has always been an onerous task. We hope that FERC takes our … Read more

Help Guide FERC’s New Office of Public Participation

Way back in 1978 Congress amended the Federal Power Act to include an Office of Public Participation (OPP) under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The OPP was given the mandate to coordinate assistance to members of the public intervening in FERC proceedings, as well as provide reasonable compensation for costs of intervening. However, it … Read more

Friends of the Eel River Force FERC to Comply with the Endangered Species Act

Cape Horn Dam at high flows requiring closure of the fish ladder.

 There’s a proposal to remove the fish-blocking Scott Dam on the Eel River but looming problems still remain. Cape Horn Dam, just downstream of Scott Dam, technically allows for fish passage through its fish ladder–but that’s only when the ladder is properly functioning and the trouble is that fish often can’t use the ladder because it … Read more

Victory for the Eel River salmon and the Endangered Species Act!

Friends of the Eel River claims a win for Eel River salmon and steelhead and the Endangered Species Act Eureka – Friends of the Eel River (FOER) has claimed an obscure but important win in our fight to reverse the harms Pacific Gas & Electric’s two Potter Valley Project dams continue to cause critically imperiled … Read more

FOER Challenges FERC for Violation of the Endangered Species Act

On Feb 26, 2021 Friends of the Eel River filed documents with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) challenging a Commission order of Jan 28, 2021 for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at Cape Horn Dam, a component of PG&E’s Potter Valley Project. FERC’s order approved a Winter Operations Plan for a newly installed … Read more

Action Alert: Support the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act

Huffman public lands postcard

Support the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act   The Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, introduced by Congressman Jared Huffman and Vice President Kamala Harris back in 2018, will protect wild public lands and rivers, expand recreational opportunities, improve fire risk management, benefit local economies, and even address trespass cannabis growing. We … Read more

EcoNews Report Toxic Tires Killing Coho

The EcoNews Report talks with guest Warner Chabot, ED of the San Francisco Estuary Institute, who gives us the scoop on breaking research into a toxic chemical from tires that is killing coho salmon at alarming rates. This research further emphasizes the importance of protecting the remaining coho salmon populations that are struggling to … Read more

Assessment of Great Redwood Trail Viability Published!

Last month the State published their Assessment of the North Coast Railroad Authority and Viability of the Great Redwood Trail. This hundred-page legislative report was developed by a multi-agency task force including representatives from CalTrans, State Parks, the Natural Resources Agency, Department of Finance, and Department of General Services. This report contains no big surprises, … Read more

In 2020, The Most Important Things Persist

So much has changed in the last year, yet the most important things persist. Our steady focus on fisheries recovery and protecting the Eel River remains, as does our substantial gratitude to you for our ability to continue this important work. For twenty-five years Friends of the Eel River and our dedicated volunteers, staff, donors, and … Read more