NOAA Invites Public to Participate in Salmon Recovery Workshops for South Fork Eel River

This is a press release from NOAA Fisheries:

ARCATA, Calif. – The public is invited to join local agencies in a new planning effort in the South Fork Eel River. Local input is critical to help recover these fish in the South Fork Eel River and its tributaries.

The purpose of the planning is to focus habitat restoration actions in places that will improve conditions for salmon and steelhead in the shortest amount of time. As a first step, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and NOAA Restoration Center have pulled together available data to draft a decision support tool to identify the top tributaries for focused habitat restoration.

The purpose of these meetings is to learn about this new tool and indicate your interest in further opportunities to dive into the details of the tool, what data we used, what assumptions we made, and draft scores for individual tributaries.

Wednesday, August 30, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Humboldt Area Foundation, 363 Indianola Rd., Bayside, Calif.
Thursday, August 31, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Beginnings Octagon, 5 Cemetery Rd., Redway, Calif.

This invitation is open to all interested parties.

About NOAA Fisheries and CDFW salmon and steelhead recovery plans: NMFS has produced the Coho Recovery Plan (2014) and the Multi-species Recovery Plan (2016) and CDFW produced the state’s Recovery Strategy for California Coho Salmon (2004). These plans outline broad actions to facilitate recovery of salmon species.

Contact: Julie Weeder/Recovery Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries:
Allan Renger/Fisheries Supervisor for CDFW




    Two top hysteria agencies Pulling on your emotional strings again. Fake Claims + Fake Data + Fake News = Political Agenda.
    Sickening and flat out SAD.

  • Honeydew Bridge C.H.U.M.P.

    Fastest route to salmon recovery is this video:

    CAMP could handle dope growers in hours, and we’d once again have a wonderful place to raise children.

    Pray that sunrise brings this video with redwoods.

    • Yes they never should have stopped, they are partially responsible for this donkey show we live in now, disgusting. If camp would have even busted 5 people a year greed rush pansies would never have had the balls to start clearing mountain tops and putting up mega hoops. Might still be a few pit bulls with bandanas running around but nothing that couldn’t be dealt with.

      • Exactly. I can’t help but send it back to Gallegos and his public statements where he stated he would not prosecute 99 plants if you had a “medical card”( $150 from any corrupt weed doctor). Then the sheriff stopped even trying for a decade and …What did we expect to happen?! Save th fish? Destroy the grows!

    • Disregarding the other detrimental industries this county has experienced throughout history…

  • I’m glad to see that there will be a meeting somewhere close to the South Fork (Beginings, Briceland). The chances to find someone that knew something about the river are much better in the local area. The local old-timers are not likely to be willing to travel too far to voice their opinions, especially in view of the fact that their opinions about spawning stream management were mostly ignored after the 1964 flood.

    Those of us that swam, and literally lived in the South Fork and other small spawning streams, knew without any doubt that the “logging debris” was prime fish fry rearing habitat. The roots and branches provided fine hiding space to avoid fish ducks, coons and otters and other predators. We knew where all the deep holes were, and where all the cold spring water bubbled up from underground, and where the varieties of fish would congregate.

    Even as little kids we knew that the eels lived in the silty bottom of the local streams. We would scoop silt and collect little eels, play with them and put them back in the silt as per our parents instructions. We also knew that the eels had been called “Eels” for the past one-hundred and fifty years, but the new people invading our once very content environs informed us that they were really called “Congers”. I looked up “Conger” in the dictionary and was somewhat amused that it said a “Conger is an Eel”. We spent a good part of the summer spearing sucker fish that we found deep in the numerous holes. We usually found schools of sucker fish under the ledge of rocks deep in the river. The game warden would sometimes catch us spearing fish and he would check our catch that we would throw onto shore for scavengers. He would admonish us that spear fishing was illegal and that we should stop, wink at us and tell us sternly that he’d better not see anything but a sucker on the beach.

    One of the things that I know from evidence that I’ve seen, and evidence that has actually been recorded in history, there have been much worse floods than the ’64 on the South Fork at least twice, and I’m sure there will be more. There are redwood trees in Richardson Grove that have three layers of roots from siltation above the ’64 flood level. The fish survived the floods. Floods and erosion is very normal on the South Fork. The mountains are taller than ever, even with all of the erosion. After the last major earthquake on the north coast Kings Peak grew 16 inches taller, and the coast along Petrolia raised @4 feet. One very major flood happened in 1861 Noahcian Flood of California People were rescued from the Sacramento Valley by river boats. Yet…. My grandparents told tales of parking the wagon across the creek and using pitchforks to load fish to take home, to cook in whale pots to feed the pigs in the winter. That was in the late 1800,S and early 1900’S in Laytonville, Ten Mile Creek, upper reaches of the South Fork. Apparently floods and silt don’t seem to reduce fish runs.
    Most people don’t even know about, nor have they even heard about the Columbus Day Windstorm of 1962. columbus day windstorm A good percentage of the trees blew down on the north-west coast. The canyons focused the wind in some places, that caused the wind to sweep up some canyons. The hills and canyons had windfall trees all over them. The creeks and canyons were filled with brush and trees. The timber companies were very much interested in salvage logging the windfalls. The ranchers that had not considered selling timber before, were trying desperately to have their downed timber harvested before it rotted. There was rampant logging which caused some debris to enter the stream beds, but the logging also removed a great deal of the streambed debris. It is unknown how much more debris would have been in the river if it weren’t for the logging removal. Then shortly after the windstorm came the ’64 flood. Logging got a much worse Rap than it deserved.
    Without much thought, I can tell you what happened to the fish in the south fork. The stream flora and fauna has changed dramatically. We now have Hydrilla growing in the river. It is not native, but I have no idea whether it is good or bad. We have Sacramento River Pike minnow, a voracious eater of young fish, that has to be bad. There are great amounts of people in the area now using great amounts of water, that has to be bad. I admire Tasha McKee’s idea to store your winter water for summer use and use no watershed water after August 1st. That is good. The combination of low water flows and introduced chemicals can’t be good.
    The Indians used to eat the seals and sea lions off the coast. The sea lions, that now have few predators, wait at the Eel River mouth in great abundance, they kill salmon trying to head inland. They sometimes only eat the stomach of the salmon, then catch another one.
    On an encouraging note, I do see the deep river holes of yore beginning to deepen and return. That has to be good.
    I probably won’t be at the meetings. I’ve wasted my time too many times before to suddenly become a Polyanna. I’m glad to see that somebody probably got a grant and will have some employment until the money runs out. I had my good day of fishing. Let’s see if you can figure it all out.

  • Attention retards in charge: oceans lost 1/2 of plankton.stuff is fed by rivers that feed it and bacteria down below,that also is eaten by remedy is to sprinkle inland sea phytoplankton in the would take carbon out of the water and add pure oxygen.makes fish red and happy.havent you ever watched sponge Bob on television ?

  • All merchandise bought with pot moneys,is biased in element content.tending to have the elements that cause domonic bloom,etc . inland sea phytoplankton , as I showed to Julie weeder,when she was busy counting her blessings,handing out money to riverside hybrid pot farmers.inland plankton is accumulation of the elements that got trapped in a low spot,in the very bottom of the middle of nowhere,villa de cos.the lowest spot of the second highest state.just south of the most dangerous city in the wierld.your real wealth has long ago washed out to sea.your agronomy is archaic.your land is worthless.just a source of alot of stress and corruption.

  • Saltpans covered with giant cristals.artesian wells,a mud hole with mammoth bones,cannibles,naked,no 6,000′ no blankets,no houses, people . More Tunas than nopal pads,mesquite beans,aguamiel,beautiful arrowheads.cranium tops for soup bowls.gross.10,000 years old tunnels under town that have always had the people frightened.people whisper of the atrocities.before talk of Atlantis stops you all will be long forgotten.pot is self reinforcing.look south for a new authority figure people of trump.

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