FOER Comments on Initial Study Report; Study Plan Disagreements and Requests for Amendments

Friends of the Eel River’s comments to FERC on the Initial Study Report filed by the coalition of five entities known variously as the Two Basin Partners, the Notice of Intent (NOI) group, or the Planning Agreement Group (PAG). Dear Secretary Bose and FERC staff: On behalf of our members, staff, and board, Friends of the … Read more

FOER Comments on 8 Mile Bridge

Eight Mile Bridge

CalTrans is preparing to rebuild Eight Mile Bridge, formally known as South Eel River Bridge, on hwy 162 crossing Outlet Creek. In their Initial Study CalTrans proposes a Mitigated Negative Declaration, and recognizes the public dangers posed by this seismically unsound structure with very narrow traffic lanes and shoulders. Our primary concerns are limiting disruption … Read more

Is PG&E Concealing Dam Safety Liabilities?

Friends of the Eel River has been evaluating the safety and reliability of Scott Dam for several years now. We continue to have serious concerns about structural integrity and seismic stability, as well as PG&E’s failure to evaluate and disclose such liabilities. Please read our letter below to key elected officials, an attempt to draw … Read more

Comments on Humboldt Wind Energy Project Final EIR

Friends of the Eel River’s comments to the Humboldt County Planning Department on the Humboldt Wind Energy Final EIR. It is our understanding that this project is likely to be approved by the Supervisors. Thus, the intention of our comments is to provide suggestions for conditions the Planning Commission could place on the project to … Read more

Cape Horn Dam Fish Ladder is Inadequate

Cape Horn fish ladder clogged with gravel and debris after high flows.

Amidst the tumultuous relicensing, auction, bankruptcy, and withdrawal developments for the Eel River dams, attention has largely centered around the most problematic of the two – Scott Dam, which is structurally unsound and has zero fish passage. However, while there is a fish ladder at the Van Arsdale Fish Station at Cape Horn Dam, recent … Read more

Help Stop the Attack on Rails to Trails

In response to a petition from an anti-trails group called the National Association of Reversionary Property Owners (NARPO), the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) is proposing to limit the time in which railbanking agreements can be negotiated to three years, absent ‘extraordinary circumstances.’ For complex projects like the 300-mile long Great Redwood Trail, this arbitrary timeline … Read more

FOER Comments on Humboldt Wind Energy Project Notice of Preparation

Cliff Johnson, Senior Planner County of Humboldt Planning & Building Department 3015 H Street Eureka, CA 95501 RE: Humboldt Wind Energy Project NOP for DEIR Dear Mr. Johnson: Please accept these scoping comments on the Humboldt Wind Energy Project from Friends of the Eel River (FOER). While FOER is supportive of the development of clean, … Read more

FOER Comments on Notice of Preparation for Ocean Ranch Restoration Project

July 12, 2018 Gordon Leppig, Senior Environmental Scientist California Department of Fish and Wildlife 619 2nd Street Eureka, CA 95501 RE: Notice of preparation of a DEIR for Ocean Ranch Restoration Project Dear California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Friends of the Eel River writes in support of the Ocean Ranch Restoration Project as outlined in the Notice … Read more

FOER Comments to Humboldt County on Eel River Fisheries Restoration and Dam Removal

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Humboldt County Board of Supervisors via electronic mail RE: Humboldt County’s Position on Eel River Fisheries Restoration and Eel River Dam Removal   Dear Supervisors: Friends of the Eel River encourages Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors to adopt a strong and clear statement of the County’s interests in the protection and … Read more

FOER Comments on Hum Co Cannabis Ordinance Final EIR

Wednesday, March 28 2018 Humboldt County Board of Supervisors via email to SLazar@co.humboldt.ca.us Re: Commercial Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and FEIR Dear Supervisors; Friends of the Eel River (“FOER”) submits the following comments to supplement our previous comments, particularly with respect to County staff’s proposed alternatives regarding “watershed caps” and restrictions on permitting new commercial … Read more