The Eel: A River’s Last Chance

Coming Soon: A feature length documentary on California’s Eel River by Shane Anderson from North Fork Studios/Pacific Rivers Storytelling



The Eel River is arguably the best opportunity for wild fish recovery on the entire west coast. Its resilient population of fish has weathered decades of abusive logging practices, catastrophic flood, and a hydropower dam that siphons water out of basin.

Today the Eel’s remaining wild fish compete for water with the region’s underground cannabis economy that provides 70% of the marijuana consumed in the US and the multi-billion dollar Sonoma and Mendocino wine industry.

The watershed’s future will be determined in the next few years by California’s expected legalization of marijuana and an upcoming federal dam relicensing process.

This film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with the watershed and encourage both wild fish recovery and the region’s economic future.

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Humboldt Steelhead Days will show a rough cut of the film during the event sometime between January – March 2017. Stay tuned for more details.

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