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

Ecology and Distribution of Steelhead in the Eel River

An incredibly important paper by Friends of the Eel River’s long-time colleague Samantha Kannry and others has just been released. On the ecology and distribution of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in California’s Eel River is now available. Sam’s research has been critical to understanding where summer steelhead populations exist in the Eel River, and informing our … 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

Reflections on 2019 and Looking Forward

FOER Board and Staff 2020

Hi Friends, We are so thankful for all the generous support from our end of year fundraising campaign. Support from our community is crucial to continuing our important work protecting the Eel River and its fisheries. Our board and staff started off the new year with an exciting strategic planning session down in Willits along … Read more

The Eel River Could Save Wild Salmon – If We Can Save the River Itself

The Eel River is on the brink of disaster, its ocean-going fish species threatened with extinction, its nurturing estuary diked, drained and diminishing. At the same time, this massive watershed in California’s northwest corner offers the state’s best hope of ensuring a future abundance of wild anadromous fish. This paradox of the Eel, California’s third … Read more

Feds sued again for allegedly causing infection of Klamath River salmon

Two federal agencies are the target of a second lawsuit alleging they violated the Endangered Species Act by allowing up to 90 percent of juvenile Klamath River coho salmon to become infected by an intestinal parasite in 2014 and 2015. “Rather than taking action to improve river conditions to recover endangered coho salmon, NOAA Fisheries … Read more

Coho Recovery Plan Addresses Marijuana-Related Impacts

A long-anticipated federal recovery plan for coho salmon in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon[1] was released in its final form this September. The plan says the continuing decline of the South Fork Eel River’s population of coho must be reversed, and the watershed’s runs recovered, to meet the Endangered Species Act’s  goal of protecting the … Read more

Snail Darter Politics

Do you remember the snail darter? It’s a small member of the perch family whose status as endangered help to halt dam construction on Little Tennessee River in the 1970s. Despite being halted by the US Supreme Court, construction of the Tellico Dam was completed thanks to a sneaky move by congressional supporters. Often our … Read more