Help Guide FERC’s New Office of Public Participation

Way back in 1978 Congress amended the Federal Power Act to include an Office of Public Participation (OPP) under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The OPP was given the mandate to coordinate assistance to members of the public intervening in FERC proceedings, as well as provide reasonable compensation for costs of intervening. However, it … Read more

Friends of the Eel River Force FERC to Comply with the Endangered Species Act

Cape Horn Dam at high flows requiring closure of the fish ladder.

 There’s a proposal to remove the fish-blocking Scott Dam on the Eel River but looming problems still remain. Cape Horn Dam, just downstream of Scott Dam, technically allows for fish passage through its fish ladder–but that’s only when the ladder is properly functioning and the trouble is that fish often can’t use the ladder because it … Read more

FOER Supports Proposed Railbanking of NCRA’s Line from Willits North

The North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) has submitted reports to the Surface Transportation Board in support of its proposed railbanking of the Northwestern Pacific Rail line from Willits north to Eureka. This includes branches of the line in Samoa, Korblex, Carlotta, and Blue Lake. Friends of the Eel River submitted comments to the Surface Transportation … Read more

Victory for the Eel River salmon and the Endangered Species Act!

Friends of the Eel River claims a win for Eel River salmon and steelhead and the Endangered Species Act Eureka – Friends of the Eel River (FOER) has claimed an obscure but important win in our fight to reverse the harms Pacific Gas & Electric’s two Potter Valley Project dams continue to cause critically imperiled … Read more

FOER Challenges FERC for Violation of the Endangered Species Act

On Feb 26, 2021 Friends of the Eel River filed documents with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) challenging a Commission order of Jan 28, 2021 for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at Cape Horn Dam, a component of PG&E’s Potter Valley Project. FERC’s order approved a Winter Operations Plan for a newly installed … Read more

Summer steelhead workshop report offers a new path to protection

Summer steelhead by Shaun Thompson

By Scott Greacen, FOER Conservation Director Over the last few years, Friends of the Eel River has been calling particular attention to summer steelhead in the Eel River. These extraordinary fish certainly deserve the spotlight. What makes their fascinating story of summer steelhead urgent today is the peril they face. If current trends continue, these … Read more

Summer Steelhead Feature Piece

Maya Roe’s writing has appeared in the Pamlico Writers Group Anthology, Coffin Bell Journal, and other smaller publications. She is currently a student at College of the Atlantic where she studies human ecology with a focus on science communication. This piece is part of a collection of articles Maya is writing about salmon conservation for … Read more

Talking About Summer Steelhead on Jefferson Public Radio

Summer steelhead in the Middle Fork Eel River. | Photo by Shaun Thompson Cal Dept of Fish & Wildlife

  Geoffrey Riley of Jefferson Public Radio and FOER Conservation Director Scott Greacen discuss FOER’s summer steelhead listing petition. Tune in to hear about why these special fish need additional protections, the process of securing that legal protection, and the details of how federal and state protections differ. Learn more about our petition to list … Read more

New Hope For Highest-Climbing Steelhead?

Summer steelhead in the Middle Fork Eel River. | Photo by Shaun Thompson Cal Dept of Fish & Wildlife

For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 12, 2019 For more information: Scott Greacen, Conservation Director scott @ eelriver dot org California Fish and Game Commission Moves To Protect Northern California Summer Steelhead Redding – The California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to begin the process of listing Northern California summer steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus) … Read more

Friends of the Eel River Ask State, Feds to Protect Northern California Summer Steelhead

Friends of the Eel River submitted both federal ESA and CESA petitions to list Northern California Summer Steelhead as an Endangered Distinct Population Segment. Read our press release here. Both petitions are largely based on a combination of the extensive 2017 report by Moyle et al on the status of California salmonids, State of the … Read more