FRIENDS OF THE 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. 

Victory in Court for Klamath Salmon

May 3, 2018
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"Rivers carry more than just water – they also carry sediment which is very important to a river’s function and its ability to naturally regulate itself from diseases."

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
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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.


Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Jan 4, 2018
Scott Greacen

Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen discuss rising tides, climate change, and Friends of the Eel River's on-going legal battle with the North Coast Railroad Authority. Scott and Stephanie discuss the fight between state and federal law in the Trump era and the struggle to secure environmental protections at the state and local level.

Abrupt Abolition of Restoration Oversight Group

Dec 7, 2017
Dustin Revel

Scott Greacen, Conservation Director for Friends of the Eel River, hosts this episode about the abrupt abolition of the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG). TAMWG was a federal advisory committee made up of local landowners, scientists, and business owners who provided oversight for the Trinity River Restoration Program. The decision to dissolve the committee appears to have come from high level Department of Interior officials.

Ecological Impacts of Commercial Cannabis

Nov 2, 2017
Friends of the Eel River

Friends of the Eel River board member Craig Tucker hosts a discussion about cannabis cultivation impacts and proposed local regulations with FOER  Conservation Director Scott Greacen.

Learn more about Friends of the Eel River's views on effective cannabis regulation on their website. 

Click here to read Friends of the Eel River's comments on Humboldt County's commercial cannabis EIR.


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." 

After Another Bundy Acquittal: Where Does this Leave Public Lands?

Sep 7, 2017
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Federal prosecutors in Nevada have again failed to secure convictions against right wing militia supporters who were facing up to 100-year prison terms for assault on federal officers, conspiracy, and other crimes related to the April 12 2014 stand-off at Bunkerville Nevada where BLM officers tried to impound Cliven Bundy’s cows over his refusal to pay federal grazing fees.

Get Involved in Eel River Dam Removal

Jul 20, 2017

"More recent research has shown that there were evolutionary events millions of years ago that caused this divergence. They were random events and they're not, as you might imagine, likely to happen again in any reasonable time scale. Once those fish are gone, their genotype is gone". Samatha Kannry talks about pre-mature migrating fish like spring chinook and summer steelhead, how their genetic variance evolved, and why they are more vulnerable to human induced changes to habitat than their later-run cousins.

Now is your chance to get involved in Eel River dam removal. Join host Alicia Hamann, Administrative Director for Friends of the Eel River and guests Scott Greacen, and Samatha Kannry, to learn about the Eel River dams' impact to native fish. Click here to submit comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by August 4.


"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.