EEL RIVER

Friends of the Eel River

“The key piece of this whole scheme, is that you get out from under the requirement to provide fish passage over Scott dam”

Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Information Center, hosts a discussion with Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director Scott Greacen about Humboldt County’s position on the Eel River dams and concerns about transparency in local government. 

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

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 hazard dams - those were loss of life is likely in the event of dam failure, and even makes some information from inspections part of the public record. If these new procedures raise red flags about the safety of Scott Dam on the Eel River, we will know the system is on the right track.

Stephanie and Scott also discuss Friends of the Eel River's cautious optimism for Mike McGuire's proposed Great Redwood Trail Act, SB 1029. This bill seeks to resolve the longstanding issues with the Northcoast Railroad Authority and failed NW Pacific rail line, and to expand trail and recreational opportunities for the region. Tune in to hear about Friends of the Eel River's vision for the future of the Eel River Canyon.


Scott Dam
Rob Badger / Friends of the Eel River

Tune in for a discussion of the fate of the Eel River dams that highlights more questions than answers.

Pacific Gas and Electric made headlines last week when they announced, during the Eel Russian River Commission (ERRC) meeting, their intention to sell or surrender the Eel River dams. The Commission then began a discussion of how to expand their charter to meet the requirements of obtaining and running the Eel River dams, without admitting any intention to actually acquire the dams. They told the public they have a plan, but won't tell us what it is for.

Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen question what is really going on, and why Humboldt County representatives like Estelle Fennell appear to be acting against the public's best interest.


"A River’s Last Chance" Premiers At The Eureka Theater

Jan 18, 2018
Shane Anderson

"It wasn't until filming that I realized how large and wild the Eel River Watershed is," explains documentary filmmaker Shane Anderson on the KHSU Magazine. Anderson spoke with KHSU host Brian Curtis about using film as a tool to having an impact on conservation issues on the Eel River.  "A River's Last Chance: A Story of Salmon, Timber, Weed and Wine along California's Mighty Eel River" will be screened Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m. at the Eureka Theater.


Eel River Dam Removal Update

Oct 5, 2017
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"We have this wonderful habitat at the headwaters, which is fed most of the year by snowmelt, and the fish can't get there." 

"When you impact nearly the entire span of their life history, all the different habitat needs that they have, over time it's going to take a toll, and that's where we are with coho salmon. We've gone through major epics of timber harvest...most recently its been the water withdrawals and the drought." 

Scott Greacen of Friends of the Eel River and Darren Mierau of California Trout continue their conversation about salmon and steelhead decline in northwestern California. Tune in to learn about the unique genetics of summer steelhead, threats to imperiled coho, and how dam removal on the Eel River could benefit native fish. 

Causes of Salmon and Steelhead Decline in the Eel River

Jun 29, 2017

Learn about the key drivers of salmon and steelhead decline in the Eel River. 

Scott Greacen, Executive Director for Friends of the Eel River and Darren Mierau, North Coast Program Director for California Trout discuss a new report from CalTrout and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences - State of Salmonids 2: Fish in Hot Water.


EcoNews Report: State of Salmonids

Jun 1, 2017

Salmonids in California have been struggling for decades and this study suggests 75% of California salmonids are likely to go extinct in the next century.

Friends of the Eel River's Executive Director Scott Greacen and Admin Director Alicia Hamann discuss the State of Salmonids Report just published by California Trout and UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

EcoNews Report: Railroad Blues

May 4, 2017

Scott Greacen and Alicia Hamann of Friends of the Eel River discuss long-term threats to the Eel River. Friends of the Eel River's case challenging the North Coast Railroad Authority comes before the California Supreme Court this week – and the Eel River dams are now up for federal relicensing. Meanwhile, Scott attended a dedication ceremony last weekend for the project that will restore fish passage to Woodman Creek blocked by construction of the railroad a century ago.


Humboldt Steelhead Days wraps up three months of countywide events and angling activities designed to inspire community awareness and promote river restoration and recovery of Humboldt’s winter steelhead populations and their spawning habitat. Mary Burke, from Cal Trout talks about the numerous fun and educational opportunities during Steelhead Days. More information at humboldtsteelheaddays.com.


Eel River: Jen Kalt / Darren Mireau - CalTrout.org

"Almost a century ago, the Eel River was celebrated as one of the best fly-fishing rivers in California, " says Scott Greacen, Director of Friends of the Eel River. As the FERC relicensing process begins for PG&E's Potter Valley dam, Darren Mierau, Regional Director of California Trout talks with Greacen about their new campaign to educate its members about the Eel River's potential. 

Courtesy Tony Eggel

The rains have raised local river flows across KHSU's listening area. Stay up to date on weather conditions from the National Weather Service's Eureka office.  CalTrans reports that CA-211 into Ferndale is currently closed. According to NWS's Advanced Hydrological Prediction office, local river levels are expected to fall after this morning's crest. 

Humboldt Steelhead Days

Jan 2, 2017
HumboldtSteelheadDays.com

According to HumboldtSteelheadDays.com, "Many consider the North Coast of California to be the birthplace of salmonid fisheries restoration. Humboldt Steelhead Days’ primary purpose is to showcase and fundraise for this important work – and have some fun in the process!"

 

Mary Burke of CalTrout and Dana Stoltzman of Salmonid Restoration Federation discuss the months-long countywide celebration of winter steelhead and the coastal rivers that nourish them. 


Friends of the Eel River/EelRiver.org

"We're looking at the symptoms of an abused Russian River watershed,  and then using the Eel River to mop it up," says David Keller of Friends of the Eel River.