Hi Friends,

Starting October 1 Humboldt County will be accepting proposals for their Cannabis Mitigation and Remediation Grant Program. This program was established as a condition of our 2019 settlement agreement with the County and provides funding for sediment reduction projects on public and private roads serving cannabis cultivation sites.

Projects are prioritized based on a few factors, including location within a sensitive salmonid-bearing stream (in the South Fork Eel watershed these include Salmon Creek, Redwood Creek, and Sprowl Creek).  Other prioritizations include:
  • projects with one or more stream crossings;
  • roads maintained by road associations;
  • locations with highly erodible soils, steep slopes, and proximity to watercourses; and
  • presence of impacted fisheries.
Click here to learn more about this grant program, and click here to download an application packet.

In other news, just last week we launched a new coalition website, We've been working for years with a coalition of Tribes, conservation organizations, municipalities, agencies, and businesses who support Eel River dam removal. Stay tuned for more engaging content! 

And finally, please join us this weekend for a beach cleanup at Crab Park, or at the Humboldt Trail Council's Trail Summit. See below for details and to sign up.

For the fish, 

Alicia Hamann
Free The Eel is a strong coalition of Tribes, conservation groups, and businesses working together for a healthier Eel River. Our new website is up and running at
Check out the awesome FAQ section, read through the collection of research, and sign up to get action alerts. If you represent an organization, you can also sign up as a supporting member of the coalition. Join us to help Free the Eel!
WHAT: Coastal Cleanup with Friends of the Eel River
WHEN: Saturday September 24, 10 AM - 2 PM
WHERE: Crab Park, Cannibal Island Rd, Loleta, CA

Folks who attend this event will be entered into NEC's weekly prize raffle for a chance to win fun items from local businesses!

Cleanup supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring your own cleanup gear, if you prefer.

Join us and other trail-lovers for Humboldt Trails Council's Trails Summit on Saturday September 24, 9am - 12pm, at the Sequoia Conference Center.
In this newsletter:

- Cannabis Mitigation Grants

- Free the Eel Website

- Crab Park Beach Cleanup Sept 24

- Humboldt Trails Council Trails Summit Sept 24 
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