Phone: (707) 682-6262

Poorly built and maintained roads are a leading cause of sediment pollution in the Eel River watershed.

In order to prevent this pollution, ERWIG performs up-slope assessments. These assessments are thorough investigations and recommendations for repair of current and potential road-related erosion issues. Then funded, theses repairs serve the dual purpose of pollution prevention and improved access.

When human activities and natural events cause riparian vegetation to be disturbed or lost, there can be dramatic changes in bank stability, channel form, and flood patterns. The result is a significant loss in habitat for native wildlife and property loss of damage due to erosion. Re-vegetation projects attempt to address these issues by re-establishing native vegetation at degraded sites and restoring natural processes and functions to the riparian zone.

Instream restoration projects help to improve North Coast streams by adding structures that mimic nature. Made primarily of wood and rock, these structures add complexity to the stream channel, provide shelter for both juvenile and adult salmonids, reduce water temperatures, and help to prevent stream bank erosion.

Education and public awareness are crucial to the continued success of current restoration efforts. Only with broad based community support will future generations once again be able to enjoy the historic abundance of salmon and steelhead in the Eel River. ERWIG seeks to provide the community with high quality, hands-on education opportunities through workshops, community meetings, and outreach events.

May 17th-19th, Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Each year, ERWIG teams up with the Watershed Stewards Project to host Creek Days, an environmental education fair, which highlights the end of the school year for hundreds of Humboldt County students and teachers. The theme of the event is interconnectedness; throughout the day students learn that every place on earth is in a watershed and everything that happens in a watershed affects the streams, and the salmon! Our hope is that through education and hands on experience, these students will become lifelong advocates for environmental conservation.