Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River (FOER), is a staunch advocate for water quality, watershed restoration and conservation, and the laws and policies that work in that regard. This passion is reflected in the activities of the organization.
Because education is their most reliable strategy for ecological preservation, Friends of the Eel River focus their efforts on informing the local communities how they can be watershed stewards and reverse the pattern of water abuse in the Eel. The organization’s educational campaigns provide instruction on understanding and securing water rights, natural resources sustained by the Eel River watershed, and political and legal issues affecting local and statewide water management.
A second, but no less important, function for Friends of the Eel River is that of advocacy. As advocates for monitoring the wildlife and water levels of the river, FOER organizes to finance a variety of studies, research projects, and monitoring. Monitoring the river not only details the health of the Eel, but also provides useful data in making the case for continuing and increasing protection of our few remaining wild areas.
The organization’s long-term goal is the removal of two antiquated dams and a diversion tunnel in the Eel River headwaters, called the Potter Valley Project (PVP), which block miles of prime spawning ground and endanger the survival of the region’s local salmon populations. In 2017, the dam owners, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, will begin the 5-year process of relicensing the PVP. Until then, FOER will continue our mission of recovery for the Wild & Scenic Eel River, its fisheries and communities.
2015 will mark the 20th year that Friends of the Eel River has been involved in education and advocacy for the Eel River. More information can be found on their website and in their publication, the Eel River Reporter.