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Eel River in top ten most endangered

A lake, roughly the shape of South America, in the midst of mountains, seen from above.
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With the complete shutdown of the salmon fishery in California, and the removal of the Klamath dams underway this summer, environmental groups are focusing on dam removal as a way to restore fisheries.

This week, American Rivers, a non-profit that is also part of the Hydropower Reform Coalition, designated the Eel River as one of the country’s top ten most endangered rivers. That’s due to the dams that are part of the Potter Valley Hydropower Project, which is still owned and operated by PG&E, though it doesn’t generate power anymore. PG&E is working on a plan to decommission the project, after it chose not to renew its license last year.

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Sarah Reith came to Mendocino County in 2008 and worked as a reporter and freelancer, joining KZYX as a community news reporter in 2017. She became the KZYX News Director in March, 2023.