The habitat trapped behind Scott dam is some of the best in the entire watershed. According to a new paper from federal biologists at the National Marine Fisheries Service, “the blocked Upper Mainstem generally contains a higher proportion of suitable habitat for all freshwater salmonid life stages than much of the rest of the Eel River Basin.”
And those hundreds of miles of habitat could serve as a cool-water refugia from invasive pikeminnow introduced to the Eel via PG&E’s Lake Pillsbury reservoir. Pikeminnow, which thrive in warm water, have become voracious predators of juvenile Eel River salmon and steelhead.
Please join us in speaking up for Eel River fish, and all those who rely on their presence in the watershed. Write to FERC using the sample letter (or write your own) and directions below.Action Alert: Ask FERC to Initiate License Surrender for Eel River Dams – Friends of the Eel River