Special Allowance for Floodplain Cannabis Lab Sought by Eureka-Based Mercer-Fraser

The proposed Mercer-Fraser cannabis extraction facility would be located on a 100-yr floodplain. Map: Humboldt County Web GIS.

By Jennifer Kalt

On January 17, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board (HBMWD) voted unanimously to appeal the Humboldt County Planning Commission’s approval of a cannabis extraction and manufacturing facility just upstream from the intakes for the drinking water supply for 88,000 Humboldt County residents. “Water quality is critical to this community. We have got to err on the side of protecting this water,” said Director Bruce Rupp.


NEC Executive Director Larry Glass submitted two My Word pieces to the Eureka Times-Standard. Read them here:

Reckless cannabis proposal could pose threat to life and health

If you care about your water, keep your eyes open



Offshore Oil Development Plans Proposed

Platform Holly, an offshore oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara.

By Tom Wheeler

On January 4, 2018, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released a new proposal that would open nearly all offshore areas to new oil and gas development. Zinke’s draft plan would mandate 47 new offshore lease sales over the next five years, replacing a plan issued by the Obama administration that closed all new offshore oil development. Of the 47 sales, the draft plan directs that seven occur in California, with two off the Northern California coast, defined by the plan as the area starting around Point Arena in Mendocino County. e proposal is touted by Zinke as the “largest number of lease sales ever proposed.” Immediately, Zinke’s proposal came under attack.



Get to Know the Environmental Agency Players


By Dan Sealy

While a divided Congress has struggled to pass legislation to send to the President to achieve a conservative agenda, the current administration has been using executive powers to enact sweeping changes in environmental regulations, erase climate change from government priorities, assure budgets reflecting a partisan political agenda, and pave the way for increased fossil fuel extraction. The President’s appointments to agency leadership positions clearly indicate energy production as a priority over conservation. 

This article is the first in a series of portraits of the people in charge of protecting our environmental and public health.






 NEC Dinner/Auction small graphic


Saturday, March 24, 2018

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
at the Bayside Community Hall

Treat yourself and your family to a delicious spaghetti dinner including various sauces, organic salad, local bread, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. All proceeds benefit the Northcoast Environmental Center and our programs! 

Click here for more information or call us at 707-822-6918.
Tickets are available at the door!




 Adopt-a-Beach Appreciation Party was a Success!

Madison Peters and Tiffany Perez greet Adopt-a-Beach volunteers.

The NEC hosted an appreciation party for Adopt-a-Beach volunteers on Saturday, March 10, at Clam Beach. 
Click here to read coverage of the event by the Eureka Times-Standard. 





Ocean Night - April 12

Ocean Night - River Night Takeover graphic, April 12 2018.

There's a special Ocean Night in April - the River Night Takeover!
April 12th we will be screening Water + Oil, 7 Rivers Expedition, and numerous short North Coast videos by Dan Menton, a local whitewater kayaker and North Coast Guidebook author.

Click here to visit the Facebook event page for more info.