Eel River Dams (de)licensing Update

Potter Valley Project map

Every thirty to fifty years, hydropower projects get relicensed. Everyone knows that hydroelectric power is clean power, dams are good for rivers and fish, and even old dams never suffer any serious failures. So we should keep them all! At least, that appears to be how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) thinks. The agency … Read more

FOER and Allies Submit Comments to FERC on Scoping Document 1 & Study Plan Proposals

Friends of the Eel River and our conservation group partners submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on their Scoping Document 1 for the relicensing of Potter Valley Project. You can read our full comments or any specific section below. Conservation group partners: American Whitewater, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Trout, Friends of the … Read more

Scoping Comments – Environmental Impact Report for Amendments to Hum Co Code Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities

Tuesday, May 9, 2017   Humboldt County Planning & Building Department Attn: Steve Lazar, Senior Planner 3015 H Street Eureka, CA 95501-4484 via email to slazar@co.humboldt.ca.us Re:       Scoping Comments – Environmental Impact Report for Amendments to Humboldt County Code Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities Dear Mr. Lazar, The following comments are offered on behalf of the … Read more

Letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee

March 15, 2017 The Honorable Fred Upton Chairman Energy and Commerce Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Bobby Rush Ranking Member Energy and Commerce Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Rush: We at Friends of the Eel River appreciate the opportunity to … Read more

Comments to California Department of Water Resources on Eel River Valley Groundwater Sustainability

Click here to read our full comments to the California Department of Water Resources on Humboldt County’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan Alternative. The excerpt below outlines one example of an adverse impact on the river resulting from unsustainable groundwater use. Strangely enough, after a series of historically dry, hot years, in the last weeks of August … Read more

FOER Comments on Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan

Thursday, February 2, 2017 NCIP Comments Bureau of Land Management via email to NCIP_comments@aecom.com RE: Friends of the Eel River Scoping Comments on the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan Dear BLM Staff: Thanks for the opportunity to provide scoping comments to help shape the preparation of alternatives for the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management … Read more

Comments to FERC re: Application for Temporary Variance of Minimum Flow Requirement

In July 2016 PG&E requested yet another temporary variance from minimum flow requirements for the purpose of preserving water resources during the drought. We submitted comments on the variance, voicing our concern about inadequate management of the Potter Valley Project. Read a portion of our comments below, or click here to read the entire document. … Read more

Comments to FERC re: Temporary Variance 2015

June 2, 2015 Honorable Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20426-0001 via Electronic Submittal (E-Filing) Re: COMMENTS on Application by Pacific Gas and Electric for Temporary Variance Of Minimum Flow Requirement, Potter Valley Project (FERC Project No. 77- 275); MOTION TO INTERVENE. Dear Secretary Bose, Friends of … Read more

Comments to US Army Corps re: Gravel Mining in Humboldt County

Thursday, April 02, 2015 Jim Mazza U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division 1455 Market Street 16th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103-1398 RE: Comments on Proposed Letters of Permission Procedure for Gravel Mining in Humboldt County (LOP 2015-1) Dear Mr. Mazza, On behalf of the Environmental Law Foundation (“ELF”) and Friends of the Eel River … Read more

Comments to NC Regional Water Board re: Listing Eel for Flow Impairment

Friday, April 18, 2014 Katharine Carter, North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board 5550 Skylane Blvd, Suite A Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Via  email  to:  Katharine.Carter@waterboards.ca.gov Re: Comments on the Public Review Draft 2012 Integrated Report   Dear Regional Water Quality Control Board and Staff, Please accept the following comments on the Public Review Draft … Read more