Coal Train Update

In the last month, there’s been a flurry of activity from the federal Surface Transportation Board, entities seeking to take the Northwest Pacific Rail right-of-way from the public, and those of us seeking to protect our region from the threat of coal trains and support the Great Redwood Trail. You may have seen the news that … Read more

Sifting Through the Studies: Scott Dam Removal

When dams are removed, a variety of experts from engineers to hydrologists and biologists develop plans to minimize negative impacts on aquatic life. When PG&E’s license for the Potter Valley Project on the Eel River expired last month, that began the decommissioning process which will ultimately lead to dam removal. Many studies have already been … Read more

KMUD The Environment Show – Exciting Times Fighting for the Eel River

KMUD: The Environment Show May 3, 2022 Every Tuesday at 7 PM Host: Tom Wheeler of EPIC Guests: Alicia Hamann, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River and Redgie Collins, Legal & Policy Director at CalTrout. In this segment of The Environment Show, Tom gets current with efforts to remove dams in the Eel … Read more

Virtual Press Conference: Fisheries Groups Announce Intent to Sue PG&E for Violations of the Endangered Species Act

  Friends of the Eel River, along with our allies at California Trout, Trout Unlimited, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and Institute for Fisheries Resources announced our intent to sue PG&E over violations of the Endangered Species Act. Read our Notice of Intent here.

The Beginning of the End for Eel River Dams

On Thursday, we celebrated the expiration of PG&E’s 50-year license for the Eel River dams. Next up comes license surrender, decommissioning, and ultimately dam removal. Tune in to hear about what this process might look like and why it is so important to act swiftly to seize the opportunity for recovery of the Eel River’s … Read more

Environmental, Fishing Groups Give 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue Pacific Gas & Electric

For Immediate Release April 18, 2022 Environmental, Fishing Groups Give Notice of Intent to Sue Pacific Gas and Electric to Minimize Harms to Salmon Until Eel River Dams Are Removed Dams put federally protected salmon and steelhead at risk of extinction Eureka, California – A coalition of environmental and fishing groups has notified Pacific Gas … Read more

PG&E’s License to Operate Potter Valley Project Expires

Aging Eel River dams headed for license surrender and decommissioning Today, PG&E’s license to operate the Potter Valley Project (PVP) expires. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – the agency tasked with regulating hydropower projects – will now ask PG&E to surrender their license to operate the project and propose a plan to decommission it. … Read more

FOER and Allies Call for Interim Protective Measures Pending Decommissioning of PVP

April 11, 2022 Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20426 Re: Interim Protective Measures Pending Decommissioning of the Potter Valley Project (P-77) on the Eel River, California Dear Secretary Bose: The undersigned organizations share a deep concern for the Eel River’s critically imperiled fisheries, especially its salmon … Read more

Letters: Salmon, not grapes, are at risk

Letter to the Editor: The Ukiah Daily Journal April 2, 2022 To the Editor – The Eel River’s embattled salmon and steelhead may have no better enemy than Guinness McFadden. In his March 25 letter to the Ukiah Daily Journal, the Potter Valley wine grape grower kicks up a fuss about Representative Jared Huffman’s efforts … Read more

Sifting Through the Studies: Habitat Behind Scott Dam

Chinook salmon and steelhead can’t reach hundreds of miles of their former habitat because the Eel River is blocked by Scott Dam. According to the latest research, this upper basin habitat provides ample cold water habitat, even in warm years. So Eel River dam removal is a huge opportunity for salmon and steelhead recovery. A … Read more