The Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) is a broad-based community initiative to address water conservation, nutrient pollution and ecosystem recovery. This project is operating under the umbrella of the Trees Foundation and Institute for Fisheries Resources and has an Advisory Group comprised of people from throughout the Eel River Basin. The collaborative effort to restore the Eel River is coordinated with communities, Tribes, other non-profit groups, and government agencies.


The Round Valley Indian Tribe's

First Annual Earth Day Celebration

What a great event! Robust attendance, lots of kids, music all day, dancing and many booths with earth-friendly information. April 22, 2015.


Yellow Legged Frog Survey

On Saturday, April 18, several ERRP volunteers counted Yellow-Legged frog egg masses in the South Fork Eel near Benbow to help determine abundance. Read the short report in Power Point.

On Sunday, ERRP volunteers took researcher Sarah Kupferberg in a kayak to survey the river from just below Meyers Flat to above Weott. See photos on Loleta Eric's Facebook.

Interested in how these frogs are doing in the Eel River? You can contribute usefule information. Call 707-223-7200 to learn how to help.

Yellow legged frog Photo credit Sarah Kupferberg.

Photos by Sarah Kupferberg

Frog eggs, photo credit Sarah Kupferberg





Checking Out Sprowel Creek

Temperature, conductivity, algae, fish ...find out how Sprowel Creek is doing this spring. Read report.


Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in the
Eel River, 2013 – 2014

Summary of Report Findings

  • From June – September, 2013 and 2014, sites along the South Fork Eel,
    Main-stem Eel, and Van Duzen Rivers were monitored for cyanobacterial
    mats and cyanotoxins.


  • The common cyanotoxin producing cyanobacteria in the Eel are species of Anabaena and Phormidium, but Nostoc also produced cyanotoxins.


  • Anabaena grows in slower flowing water, often on top of other types of nontoxic algae. Phormidium grows on rocks in fast-flowing riffles and rapids.


  • Of the two cyanotoxins monitored, the neurotoxin, anatoxin-a, was detected at higher levels in the Eel than the liver toxin, microcystin.


  • Cyanotoxin concentrations were highest in the middle reaches of the South Fork Eel between Meyers Flat and Leggett.


  • Cyanotoxin concentrations peak in late July and early August, but local hotspots may still be present through September.


Read the Report


Water Temperature/Flow 2014 Results Soon

The Recovery Project is in its third year of water temperature and flow monitoring to help the community assess the health of the Eel River. Despite lack of anticipated fuinding from the State, we were able to collect data at over 80 locations. This was a super-dry year, but there were signs of cold water refuge areas holding up enough to support steelhead in many areas of the basin (See Refugia Story). The 2014 Water Temperature and Flow Report will be circulated for review by mid-January 2015. 

See 2013 Report or visit the Water Temperature and Flow page.



More Kids in the Woods - Final Report

Read It!

ERRP teamed up with Friends of the Van Duzen to bring a More Kids in the Woods program to every school in the Van Duzen River basin during the 2013-2014 school year. The program was funded by Six Rivers National Forest, and was led by Sal Steinberg, a founder of the Friends of the Van Duzen and retired teacher. To learn more about this program, read the final report.



Lower Eel River
Lower Eel River at Fortuna, November, 2011