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By Dan Ehresman

The generous rainfall over the last two months brought much needed water to our region’s rivers—refilling community water supplies and providing flows for salmon and steelhead to continue their upstream journey. Unfortunately, the showers are nowhere close to curbing extreme drought conditions currently plaguing North Coast counties, and most of California.

In an attempt to soften drought-related impacts to residents, businesses, and wildlife, lawmakers are pushing for action at state and federal levels. California assemblymembers are setting the stage for a 2014 water bond. Many experts have expressed that while the bond contains many sensible water strategies, it may put central and southern Californian agribusiness interests over the needs of northern watersheds.

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The General Plan Update-Go-Round, Back to Supervisors

By Dan Ehresman

The past few months have been a spectacle to behold in the realm of the beleaguered GPU. To review, as of early April, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will have spent a full two years reviewing the Draft General Plan Update (GPU)—the guide to future development in unincorporated areas of the County—and at this rate they are nowhere near finishing any time soon.  What’s more, based on the substantial changes that the Board has proposed, the County will need to recirculate a new Draft Environmental Impact Report, opening the door to who knows how many more years of meetings and costing the county even more money that it can’t afford. Even so, recent events give reason to keep fighting for a more sustainable GPU.

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Navy Testing Puts Marine Mammals at Risk - Comment Period Extended through April 15!
 

By Jennifer Savage

Fans of marine mammals and sea life in general are dismayed at the U.S. Navy’s plan to conduct extensive weapons testing and training exercises off a stretch of coast ranging from the top of Humboldt County up through Alaska. Over 100 whales and dolphins are anticipated to be killed in the testing, which utilizes sonar technology, electromagnetic devices and explosives. Thousands more may be permanently wounded from being exposed to an estimated 9.6 million instances of harm.

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Shore Lines: Coastal Programs Update

By Jennifer Savage

Between the tides, waves and wind, the place where land meets sea is never still—and the NEC’s dedication to protecting our coast likewise never rests. One of our main goals is reducing the amount of trash on our beaches and in our waterways. Both our Adopt-A-Beach program and our dedication to Coastal Cleanup Day provide ongoing ways to care for local beaches, as well as track data about what sort of debris litters our coastline.

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Newton Drury Parkway will be Closed at Night Due to Increased Wood Poaching
Newton B. Drury Parkway will be closed on a nightly basis starting Saturday, March 1, 2014. This closure is in response to a significant increase in wood poaching crimes occurring along the parkway.

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This Saturday, April 19 - Earth Day Cleanups and Second Annual Hoedown!
Join the NEC and many other local environmental groups and supporters to celebrate Earth Day with morning cleanups and an afternoon hoedown party!

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Songwriter Jim Page returns Saturday April 26!

The NEC is proud to once again help bring the incomparable Jim Page back to Humboldt! This special show at Westhaven Center for the Arts is presented by the NEC and the Humboldt Folklife Society, with special guests Mo & Morgan Hollis. Advance tickets are available at Wildberries.

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Party for the Planet, April 27

The NEC will continue Earth Day celebrations at the Sequoia Park Zoo's Party for the Planet on Sunday, April 27 from noon till 4 p.m. Sequoia Park Zoo is one of more than 100 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums across the United States that will be celebrating Earth Day by providing educational opportunities which connect nature and conservation to your community.

 

 

Ocean Night, Thursday May 1

Join the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper and Humboldt Surfrider at Ocean Night, Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for a salmon celebration with DamNation, Southern California Steelhead: Against All Odds and Swing North. CalTrout and Friends of the Eel River join this special night.

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