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

Video from California Supreme Court Hearing

Video from our hearing at the California Supreme Court on May 4 challenging the North Coast Railroad Authority’s refusal to conduct thorough environmental review is now available. A decision is required within 90 days of the hearing, we anticipate a decision may be published in early July. Listen to our June 1 EcoNews Report on KHSU or … Read more

Comments to Humboldt County Planning Department re: Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance

November 4, 2015 Humboldt County Planning & Building Department Attn: Steve Lazar, Senior Planner 3015 H Street Eureka, CA 95501-4484 slazar@co.humboldt.ca.us RE: Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance – Phase IV Dear Mr. Lazar, The following comments are offered on behalf of the board, staff, and supporters of Friends of the Eel River. FOER advocates for … Read more

Farm Bureaus Jump into Supreme Court High-Speed Rail Case

A case before the California Supreme Court over a freight railroad in the northwestern reaches of the state has drawn the attention of agricultural organizations in the central San Joaquin Valley, but not because they have a particular stake in trains running through Santa Rosa, Ukiah and Eureka. The Farm Bureaus in Madera and Merced counties last … Read more

California's high court takes up appeal by environmental groups in North Coast rail case

A three-year legal battle over the environmental impact of freight rail on the North Coast is headed to the state Supreme Court. The case involves two environmental groups who are pushing for more rigorous study of the effects of rail service in the ecologically sensitive Eel River Canyon in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. The groups … Read more

California Supreme Court to Review North Coast Railroad Lawsuit

For Immediate Release­­­­   Patty Clary   Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) 707.834.4833 Scott Greacen   Friends of the Eel River (FOER) 707.502.4555   California Supreme Court to Review North Coast Railroad Lawsuit Conflicting appellate court decisions create uncertainty regarding environmental assessments required of High Speed Rail and other publicly owned railroads   The state’s highest … Read more

Rushing Pot Ordinance a Bad Idea

We could not agree more with the Times-Standard (“Get ready for legalization, or get ready to lose”) that it is high time for Humboldt to address the impacts of its marijuana industry through locally appropriate regulation. We are heartened by cannabis cultivators speaking out about serious damage to our rivers, forests, fish, and wildlife, and … Read more

Would the Real NCRA Please Stand Up?

Railroad Agency Ducking Environmental Review to Avoid Disclosing Harms to River River advocates have been encouraged, if not surprised, by the rapid return of salmon after the two Elwha River dams in Washington state’s Olympic National Park were removed. Even a century’s absence won’t keep fish out once barriers are removed. Our generation’s best chance … Read more

Drought Resources

Learn more about our current drought, its historic and scientific context, the impact on our environment, and how state and federal policymakers are handling the situation. Drought History Graphic reprinted from the North Coast Journal  California Drought: 17 Communities Could Run Out of Water Within 60 to 120 Days, State Says Paul Rogers, San Jose … Read more