Friday, March 19, 2010

Lawsuit Over Water Diversions from Eel River

The nonprofit group Friends of the Eel River recently filed a lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric alleging that the California utility has been diverting as much as 98% of flow into the nearby Russian during the critical late summer low flow period. During the typically dry summers in Northern California the Eel and other northcoast rivers typically experience very low flows, even under natural conditions. Withdrawing any substantial portion of water has potentially catastrophic effects on salmon and steelhead populations and can contribute to entire reaches of river going dry during late summer. FOER argues that the Potter Valley diversion produces minimal return for the substantial environmental impacts it causes.

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