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.

Yellow Legged Frog Survey April 18 at Benbow

Join Us!


Sarah Kupferberg, from UC Berkeley, is going to survey the SF Eel River for yellow legged frog egg masses and would like your help. Come out to Benbow Park on Saturday, April 18 about 11 AM to help and to learn more about these frogs. Call 707-223-7200 for more details, or just show up.




The Recovery Project has sponsored numerous meetings throughout the Eel River Basin and sponsors Water Day annually to bring the community together, compare what we have learned and form partnerships to carry out the needed work. Learn more...

A group of students from the Van Duzen River, at Grizzly Creek State Park. A More Kids in the Woods experience.

In 2013, we began a school education project in the Van Duzen River, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Friends of Van Duzen. More than 500 students in the river basin went into the field in the Van Duzen River and learned about ecology, fish and watershed processes. ERRP is anticipating working with the Round Valley Elementary School this spring to get students more involved in study of the Middle Fork Eel River.

Help us expand school programs focused on the Eel River that get students out of the class room and down to the river!


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