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Van Duzen Watershed Project
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Planting willows in the riparian zone of the Van Duzen River, Fall of 2009
Planting willows in the riparian zone
of the Van Duzen River, Fall of 2009

Eel River Estuary - Sniff Test
Eel River Estuary

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Eel River Estuary Clean Up
Estuary Clean up
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Lower Cummings Creek Fall
Lower Cummings Creek
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The Van Duzen River Watershed
Humboldt County, California

The river cascades through 70 miles of Coastal Mountains, from an elevation of 5,906 feet at the headwaters, to its confluence with the Eel River at an elevation of 62 feet.
The Van Duzen has been federally designated as a "Wild and Scenic River", but also has been listed as "sediment impaired" under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.

Van Duzen River

The Van Duzen River basin is the site of redwood parks, ranches, timberlands, and residential neighborhoods.

The Van Duzen Watershed Project

Humboldt Area Foundation

Ruby Kennedy Memorial Field of Interest Fund

" Making a Home for the Salmon"

Salmon catching fly

Fish Counts 2010-2011
Art and Education
Eel River
Yager Creek
Little Larabee Creek

Kids In The Woods

Junior Watershed Science Training Program

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Courtesy of Robyn Ridpath

'More Kids in the Woods' program encourages students, teaches watershed ecology.


Open House at the Carlotta Grange Monday Feb.3rd, 2014
from 5:00 - 7:30

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*Science Exhibits and Art Show*


Young Scientists

Cuddeback Elementary School, Carlotta, CA.



Poetry in Motion



Final Report

Salmon Watch on the Van Duzen River

Salmon Tales read about salmon sightings and other tales.

Cumming Creek - Ethan Bertz
Cummings Creek - Photo by Ethan Bertz
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Salmon News

* Most Recent News, Articles, and Reports*

Water Day Presentation
Water Day Presentation - Click Here

The Eel River Recovery Project will be holding its Water Day Yearly Event at the Mateel on Sunday April 13, 2014.

As usual it will be full of information, panels, posters, connections, dinner and entertainment. Full Day!

Click the links below for information:

Chinook Impressions

Eel River Recovery Project
Late Lower Eel River Dive

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Pat Higgins, Consulting Fisheries Biologist
Patrick Higgins is consulting fisheries biologist and watershed scientist with an office in Arcata, California since 1989. See Videos, reports and photos of the Eel River.

Eel River Fall Chinook Monitoring Project Final 2010 Report This is a large file, be patient.

The salmon puzzle - John Driscoll/The Times-Standard
Posted: 04/19/2010

There are dozens of pieces to a salmon season. For a salmon season to be good, however, those things must fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and not work their way apart over the summer.
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Big chinook run on the Eel River this year; more fish will likely be seen at Van Arsdale station than in decades - John Driscoll/The Times-Standard
Posted: 11/19/2010

The largest number of chinook salmon counted at the Van Arsdale Fisheries Station since records began being kept in the 1940s is 1,754. This year, already, biologists have counted 1,600 -- and the run is probably not at its peak ...
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Desperately seeking salmon to count: Divers aim to get a picture of how Eel River diversion affects fish John Driscoll/The Times-Standard
Posted: 10/02/2010

Divers scoured holes on the lower Eel River on Friday looking to get an estimate of how many salmon and steelhead have moved in from the ocean so far ... Read the Complete Article

Thompson joins group urging protection from genetically engineered salmon The Times-Standard
Posted: 09/30/2010

Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, has joined a group of 23 members of Congress in asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to halt the approval process of AquaBounty genetically engineered (GE) salmon ... Read the Complete Article

Fresh fish: Salmon take turn for the better on Freshwater Creek John Driscoll/The Times-Standard
Posted: 12/13/2010

After several years of steady declines, Freshwater Creek's salmon appear to be on the upswing ...
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Panel weighs possibilities for Chinook salmon; group will inform U.S. Interior secretary on Klamath dam removal
John Driscoll/The Times-Standard
Posted: 01/11/2011

A panel of experts that will advise the U.S. Interior secretary on the potential removal of four dams on the Klamath River gathered Monday in Eureka to investigate how the massive project might benefit Chinook salmon ...Read the Complete Article

Fishing the North Coast:Below average salmon return expected on the Klamath
Wind should let up for the weekend
Kenny Priest/For the Times-Standard Posted: 07/22/2010

More than 110,000 fall Chinook salmon, the largest and most prized of the salmon species, are expected back to the Klamath River in 2010, according to Sara Borok, an Associate Fisheries Biologist for the Klamath River. While that sounds like a lot, it falls slightly below the yearly average ... Read The Complete Article

Fish fix permanent for Freshwater Creek; structure allows young salmon to migrate up and down stream during summer John Driscoll/The Times-Standard
Posted: 07/03/2010

A one-of-a-kind fish ladder for young salmon and steelhead is complete and operating in tandem with a swimming hole on Freshwater Creek that's been popular for nearly 100 years ...
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Mattole coho on the brink: Groups, agencies to meet on what can be done to spare salmon
John Driscoll/The Times-Standard
Posted: 06/21/2010

Coho salmon in Southern Humboldt County's Mattole River are at a breaking point ...
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Miscellaneous Links to Articles

Volunteers, DFG return Coho to Salmon Creek

SALMON CREEK - Up until a few days ago the last time anybody spotted salmon in Salmon Creek was back in the mid 1990’s, when the fish finally succumbed to habitat destruction and drought....... CLICK HERE TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE

Salmon Struggling in Hot Mattole by John Driscoll - Times Standard 08/14/2007

Salmon Decision Leaves Protections by John Driscoll - Times Standare 08/16/2007

Salmon In the Classroom Program 2005 - Teacher Participant List

Books about Salmon and Watersheds (mostly for kids)

Bibliography of Websites
about Salmon and Watersheds

Study Cites Risks of Eating Farmed Salmon

Endangered Species
Water News

Van Duzen News
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Views of the River

Michael Guerriero
Michael Guerriero
Photo by Mona Krupski

It was a beautiful day, with blue sky and our goal was to paddle a pair of sea kayaks on this 12 mile reach to the Eel River, then the 3 miles of Fortuna. . . .

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