The Eel River Recovery Project is a broad-based community initiative to address water conservation, nutrient pollution and ecosystem recovery. This project is operating under the umbrella of the Trees Foundation and has an Advisory Group comprised of people from throughout the Eel River Basin. The collaborative effort to restore the Eel River is coordinated with communities, Tribes and government agencies.
The Recovery Project has sponsored numerous meetings throughout the Eel River Basin and sponsors Water Day annually to bring the community together, compare what we have learned and form partnerships to carry out the needed work.
A few of the More Kids in the Woods education program team members.
In 2013, we began a school education project in the Van Duzen River, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Friends of Van Duzen. More than 500 students in the river basin will learn about the Van Duzen and the Eel rivers, fish and watersheds.
The ERRP has been awarded a California Wildlands grant from the Rose Foundation to help organize volunteers to clean up Wilderness Areas in the Eel River watershed and to promote their proper use. ERRP will work with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Arcata Office and Six Rivers National Forest that manage the Red Mountain Wilderness in the South Fork Eel watershed and the Lassics Wilderness in the upper Van Duzen watershed, respectively.
Read the press release to learn more about this project and how you can volunteer.
The Recovery Project is in its second year of water temperature and flow monitoring to help the community assess the health of the Eel River and its tributaries in this very dry year. Citizen volunteers throughout the watershed are placing temperature sensors and taking pictures at photo points to monitor conditions. This year we have expanded coverage to include the North Fork Eel River and increased the number of watershed residents we are assisting. 2012 Eel River Temperature Flows and Toxic Algae Report Learn more.
Humboldt County Public Health has issued a public health warning and ERRP is confirming deteriorating conditions (see Photos). The Recovery Project is working cooperatively with the University of California, Berkeley research scientists to better understand the problem and possibly work to remediate it over time. Learn about what we are doing and how you can get involved.
Doors will open at 9 AM, for coffee and bagels.
Presentations will begin at 10 AM.
Poster Session will run from 5-6 PM, with beer and wine available.
BBQ dinner from 6 to 7:30 PM.
Stay tuned for more or call 223-7200 if you want to be involved.
Print a Poster and put it up in your neighborhood! PDF (4.5 MB)
ERRP dives and float surveys for late run fall Chinook in the Eel River continued through January, and there were still large fresh fish in Fortuna at the end of the month (report). A surprising find was the seemingly large numbers of coho, with ERRP dives confirming them in the lower Eel River and at the mouth of Outlet Creek (see video). All 2013 reports are linked on the Fish Monitoring Page. Thanks to the Patagonia World Trout Fund and the Salmon Restoration Association for funding this project. Thanks also to Pacific Watershed Associates, Mercer Fraser Company, and individual donors to our Pennies for Salmon project.
Spawning pair of chinook in Eel River, below High Rock. Female is in the foreground. November 29, 2013. See Salmon Spawning Video
Check out the photos and description of the Dec. 16 Eel River spawner survey, shared by Loleta Eric on the NorCal Kayak Anglers website.
Lower Eel River at Fortuna, November, 2011