“Bi-partisan” Action at the Expense of California Salmon

Aerial view of Shasta Dam

  What is the WIIN Act, and why are congressional representatives from California pushing to extend it 5 years before it expires? Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott Greacen explores these questions and more with guests John McManus and Regina Chichizola. John is the president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, which represents both … Read more

Huffman’s NW California Wilderness Bill is Special!

English Ridge, mainstem Eel River, included in the NW California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act

“Many of us have been fighting for these [wilderness protections] since the whole concept of wilderness was created in the first place.” Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director discusses Congressman Huffman’s recently introduced wilderness bill with Alison Sterling-Nichols and Larry Glass. Alison is an organizer and consultant with NW California Mountains and Rivers, Larry … Read more

Dam Safety and Railroad Bills Move Forward in Sacramento

Stephanie Tidwell, Friends of the Eel River Executive Director, and Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director, discuss new and proposed state legislation and how it may effect the Eel River.  California legislators passed SB 92 and AB 1270, both of which provide greater oversight of California dams. AB 1270 requires annual inspections of high … Read more

Reactions to Rep. John Garamendi’s Companion Bill for Feinstein’s Drought Legislation

Yesterday, Senator Feinstein’s bill was heard in Committee, and Congressman John Garamendi introduced companion legislation in the house. From the Office of Jerry McNerney: House Democrats from California, Oregon, and Washington issued the following joint statement in response to Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03) introducing companion legislation to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s drought bill that was heard … Read more

Comments to Senate and House Committees on Energy re: 2015 Energy Bills

Along with a coalition of organizations connected through the Hydropower Reform Coalition we signed on to three different letters addressed to chairs of the Senate and House Committees on Energy and other representatives. The first two letters in July addressed our concerns about the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The third letters in November urged opposition … Read more