Hi Friends,

There are some incredible deals to be had in our virtual auction, but hurry - bidding closes this Friday at midnight.

We are still excited about the expiration of PG&E's license to operate the Potter Valley Project last month. The process to remove the Eel River dams is now unfolding. To continue the excitement, check out the latest blog in our series Sifting Through the Studies.

Last month we wrote about the abundant cold-water habitat behind Scott dam just waiting for salmon and steelhead. The Eel's upper basin habitat is some of the best in the entire watershed, but don't just take our word for it! Click here to read our summary of the latest research from the National Marine Fisheries Service.

This month's blog is a look to the future and what Scott dam removal might actually look like. Will there be a big explosion? Will someone need to haul away all that sediment trapped behind the dam? How long will it take? We answer all these questions and more in Sifting Through the Studies: Scott Dam Removal.

And finally, in case you missed the big news, we filed a notice of intent to sue PG&E for violations of the Endangered Species Act. We won't stand by and allow PG&E to drag their feet on dam removal while their project continues to kill and otherwise harm the Eel's spectacular wild fish. For more information you can read our press release here, or click here to watch our press conference.

This potential litigation could be a game-changer for the Eel River, and set important precedent for protecting endangered species across the nation. But it is a huge undertaking, and expensive! Please consider supporting this important work with a donation today.
For the fish, 

Alicia Hamann

Score Great Deals and Support Dam Removal  Bidding ends this Friday, May 6 at midnight.

Act now to get Patagonia gear for cheap, stays at beautiful getaways, fishing excursions, jewelry, and more!

Thanks to our generous donors The Good Collective, Benbow Inn, Big 5, Booklegger, Eel River Brewery, Fair Curve Farm, Hatchet House Arcata, Holly Yashi, Inn of the Lost Coast, Pacific Outfitters, Patagonia, Pen and Pine, Redwood Roots Farm, Talia Rose, Alchemy Distillery, Flint Riverkeeper, Dean Creek Resort, Cronin Inflatables, Kayak Trinidad, EPIC, Salmonid Restoration Federation, Humboldt Baykeeper, Friends of the Dunes, and several individuals.

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Sifting Through the Studies: Scott Dam Removal
When dams are removed, a variety of experts from engineers to hydrologists and biologists develop plans to minimize negative impacts on aquatic life. When PG&E’s license for the Potter Valley Project on the Eel River expired last month, that began the decommissioning process which will ultimately lead to dam removal.

Removing Glines Canyon Dam from the Elwha River in 2015

Removing Glines Canyon Dam from the Elwha River in 2015 | USGS

Many studies have already been completed which evaluate options for dam removal, the potential for an ecologically appropriate continued diversion, and much more. This blog will focus on a study prepared by McMillen Jacobs Associates evaluating options for Scott dam removal.

Click here to read more

EcoNews Report:
Beginning of the End for Eel River Dams

Tune in to hear about what the license surrender and decomissioning process might look like and why it is so important to seize the opportunity for recovery of the Eel River’s wild runs of salmon and steelhead.

Click here to listen. 
In this newsletter:

- Virtual Auction Ends Friday

- Sifting Through the Studies: Scott Dam Removal

- EcoNews Report
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