Stephanie Tidwell, Friends of the Eel River Executive Director, and Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director, discuss new and proposed state legislation and how it may effect the Eel River.California legislators passed SB 92 and AB 1270, both of which provide greater oversight of California dams. AB 1270 requires annual inspections of high hazard dams - those were loss of life is likely in the event of dam failure, and even makes some information from inspections part of the public record. If these new procedures raise red flags about the safety of Scott Dam on the Eel River, we will know the system is on the right track.Stephanie and Scott also discuss Friends of the Eel River's cautious optimism for Mike McGuire's proposed Great Redwood Trail Act, SB 1029. This bill seeks to resolve the longstanding issues with the Northcoast Railroad Authority and failed NW Pacific rail line, and to expand trail and recreational opportunities for the region. Tune in to hear about Friends of the Eel River's vision for the future of the Eel River Canyon.
Tune in for a discussion of the fate of the Eel River dams that highlights more questions than answers.Pacific Gas and Electric made headlines last week when they announced, during the Eel Russian River Commission (ERRC) meeting, their intention to sell or surrender the Eel River dams. The Commission then began a discussion of how to expand their charter to meet the requirements of obtaining and running the Eel River dams, without admitting any intention to actually acquire the dams. They told the public they have a plan, but won't tell us what it is for.Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen question what is really going on, and why Humboldt County representatives like Estelle Fennell appear to be acting against the public's best interest.
"This is where we get to the idea of cumulative effects - how do we ensure that the watershed remains capable of supporting salmon and steelhead and other species that we need and frankly have an obligation to."Scott Greacen, Conservation Director for Friends of the Eel River, hosts with guest Larry Glass, President of the Northcoast Environmental Center and Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment (SAFE). They discuss SAFE's recent legal victory against California Department of Food and Agriculture's aerial spraying program that targeted schools and organic farms but lacked accurate baseline data and analysis of cumulative effects.Scott and Larry draw parallels to Humboldt County's Commercial Cannabis Ordinance EIR, which also lacks accurate baseline data and cumulative effects analysis. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is holding a vote to approve the ordinance at their meeting on February 6.Click here to read Mourad Gabriel's paper on the impacts of rodenticides on Northern Spotted and Barred owls.
Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen discuss rising tides, climate change, and Friends of the Eel River's on-going legal battle with the North Coast Railroad Authority. Scott and Stephanie discuss the fight between state and federal law in the Trump era and the struggle to secure environmental protections at the state and local level.
Pacific Lamprey spawning in Eel River below Tomki Creek, April 18 2015. Footage by Dustin Revel.
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.
2014 Eel River Symposium: Drought, Resilience & the North Coast Dr. Joshua Strange on Ecology and Community
2014 Eel River Symposium: Drought, Resilience & the North Coast Eli Asarian on North Coast Stream Flow Decline
2014 Eel River Symposium: Drought, Resilience & the North Coast Dr. Bill Trush - What Do Fish Need?
2014 Eel River Symposium: Drought, Resilience & the North Coast Darren Mierau on Understanding Stream Flow and Managing Diversions
2014 Eel River Symposium: Drought, Resilience & the North Coast Dana Stolzman on the SRF Redwood Creek Project
Dan Rather interviews Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Scott Greacen in this episode of Rather Reports titled "Gone to Pot", 10/21/2013. Download the full episode from itunes here.
TedX Humboldt 2012, Scott Greacen on Marijuana Cultivation Impacts