Environmental Groups File Appeals in Railroad Case

Media Release                                                                                 Tuesday, July 8, 2013 Friends of the Eel River: Scott Greacen (707) 502-4555, scott@eelriver.org Californians for Alternatives to Toxics: Patty Clary, (707) 834-4833, patty@alt2tox.org   Environmental Groups File Appeals in Railroad Case Challenge Ruling Preempting Environmental Review Promised and Paid For  San  Francisco – Friends of the Eel River (FOER) and Californians for … Read more

Tunnel Vision Part Two: Rivers in Peril

How Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant water tunnels, along with legislation in Congress, could ultimately spoil the last of Northern California’s wild and scenic rivers. …the big water prize in California is the major rivers on the North Coast – including the Eel, the Smith, and the Trinity – that are protected by … Read more

Tunnel Vision Part One: Delta in Peril

How Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant water tunnels could devastate the largest estuary on the West Coast. Nearly everyone in California drinks freshwater from distant rivers or streams. The East Bay taps the Mokelumne River in the Sierra foothills; San Francisco pumps its water out of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park; … Read more

Summer Water Woes Require Responsible Use

Summer is coming. Coho salmon that spawn in the South Fork of the Eel River—a population that may still number only several thousand fish in a good year—are the critical anchor, state and federal experts say, for the survival and recovery of the species in streams south of the Oregon border. No other watershed in … Read more

The North Coast Railroad Authority Goes Rogue

EcoNews April 2013 Will the NCRA bail our entirely on environmental accountability? Our last column discussed the series of maneuvers the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) has used to avoid trial over its failure to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (CEQA Key to Holding Railroad Authority Accountable, Feb/Mar 2013 EcoNews). Unfortunately, NCRA’s maneuvering to … Read more

CEQA Key to Holding Railroad Authority Accountable

EcoNews February 2013 Court-Held North Coast Railroad “Reaped Substantial Public Bene ts” by Agreeing to Environmental Review, Can’t “Take Opposite Position” to Avoid Court Scrutiny As California Governor Jerry Brown is renewing his campaign to ‘reform’ the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), it’s worth considering the importance of the state’s flagship environmental law—particularly in light … Read more

Block water release looks hopeful for Eel River salmon; Pikeminnow population may be stabilizing

Redwood Times Posted:   02/27/2013 10:27:38 AM PST Virginia GrazianiRedwood Times Detailed reports on a block water release from Lake Pillsbury into the main stem Eel River last spring and on programs to monitor water temperatures and pikeminnow populations in the river were presented to the Eel-Russian River Commission (ERRC) at its most recent meeting … Read more

Wrapping up 2012 and Looking to 2013

December 20, 2012 Dear Friends of the Eel River, I want to share a couple of pieces of good news with you as we take stock of 2012 and look ahead. For Friends of the Eel River, recovery of our wild salmon and steelhead is the heart of our watershed’s rich promise. This fall’s chinook … Read more

Volunteer groups count thousands of salmon coming up Eel River

Redwood Times Posted:   11/05/2012 06:54:10 PM PST Virginia Graziani, Chinook salmon are moving up the Eel River in unusually large numbers this fall, according to a series of counts undertaken in September and October by volunteer divers from the Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) and Humboldt Redwoods Company (HRC). ERRP volunteers counted a total … Read more

Judge rejects North Coast Rail Authority’s efforts to avoid legal review of its Environmental Impact Report in Superior Court in Marin County.

On Friday, August 10, 2012, Marin County Superior Court Judge Faye D’Opal rejected the latest effort by the North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA) to delay and avoid legal review of their defective Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for restoration of freight rail service. Friends of the Eel River (FOER) and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) … Read more