Eel River Dam Removal Webinar


At CalTrout, science guides our conservation projects on the ground. We also share our work with the larger science community by participating in annual science conferences. One conference we participate in is the Salmonid Restoration Conference held by the Salmond Restoration Federation (SRF).

The 38th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference was set to be held on March 31 – April 3, 2020 but was postponed due to covid-19. About 8 CalTrout scientists and speakers were set to present on a variety of topics including dam removal, southern steelhead recovery, and fish food webs. In lieu of the conference, the Salmonid Restoration Federation decided to host some of their symposium talks virtually in a series of webinars.

Last month, North Coast Regional Director Darren Mierau presented to an audience of 228 participants about the Potter Valley Project. Two aging dams on the upper Mainstem Eel River, owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), currently impede (Cape Horn Dam) or completely block (Scott Dam) migratory access to several hundred miles of habitat for federally listed Chinook salmon and Steelhead. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the Potter Valley Project (PVP) expires in 2022. In 2019 PG&E made a paramount decision to not relicense the Project.

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