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EPIC: A Decade in Review

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Tom Wheeler Environmental Protection Information Center Executive Director It has been a tumultuous decade with a lot of changes and shifting of winds in the environmental world. As an environmental community, we all have taken hits but we...

Get on Board for the Climate: Now What, Humboldt?

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Martha Walden, 11th Hour It would not be much of an exaggeration to say that Terra-Gen unwittingly triggered a civil war here in Humboldt county. Its bid to install wind turbines on two of our ridges...
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Smith River Estuary: Slow Progress on Water Quality Challenges

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Felice Pace, Water Chair At its December 2019 meeting, the North Coast Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) heard an update on the development of a Water Quality Management Plan for the Smith River Plain....

Despite Objections, Motocross Track Proponents Keep Moving Forward

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Caroline Griffith, EcoNews Journalist Adjacent to the dragstrip on the Samoa Peninsula sits a roughly five-acre parcel of land, a former dumping ground for dredging spoils, that Ken Goldie thinks is the perfect spot for...

Kin to the Earth: Cheryl Seidner

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Adam Canter, Wiyot Tribe Natural Resource Specialist It was a gray and cold fall day in the lower Eel River Valley, or Wiyat as it was known in the language of the people that have...

Shorts: Bits of Interest and Positivity

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Caroline Griffith, EcoNews Journalist Norway Becomes First Country in the World to Ban Deforestation Following through with a pledge made in 2014, Norway has declared that its public procurement policy will now be deforestation-free. The biggest...
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The 2019 Scott and Shasta River Salmon Runs

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Felice Pace, Water Chair Last issue, I reported on irrigation ditches being run full and pastures being irrigated in fall, when irrigation should have ended. These unlawful practices prevented Chinook salmon from reaching spawning grounds...

King Tide Photo Initiative February 8 – 9

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Jennifer Kalt, Director Some of the highest tides of the year are coming on February 8-9. Please join our King Tide Photo Initiative to help document rising sea levels around Humboldt Bay! Baykeeper volunteers have...

Meet Your Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Candidates

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Caroline Griffith, EcoNews Journalist The State of California has changed the date of the primary election to March 3, meaning the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors election is right around the corner. County Supervisors determine...
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Arcata Takes Action to Reduce Single Use Plastics

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Margaret Gainer, Zero Waste Humboldt Every day, Redwood Coast residents and visitors throw away tons of plastic — food and beverage containers, lids, plates, bags, utensils, straws, single-condiment containers, transport packaging, and more. It’s time...

Casey’s Coastal Column | New Year’s Resolution: Debris Data Collection

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Casey Cruikshank, Coastal Programs Coordinator We’ve entered the New Year and the most important time for cleanups is upon us. With more rain comes more city trash washing down our storm drains and out to...

Greetings from your New EcoNews Reporter: Caroline Griffith

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Caroline Griffith, EcoNews Journalist Martin Luther King said, “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of...
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Gold in the Redwood Forest

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Carol Ralph, CNPS One of the inconspicuous treasures I enjoy encountering on shady, damp trailsides in Redwood National and State Parks is Pacific Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium glechomifolium). The first time I saw it was during...

Exploring Ecovillages with Cooperation Humboldt

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Tamara McFarland, Cooperation Humboldt Co-Founder The average size of a new house in the United States has doubled since 1960, while the average number of household members has dropped from 3.3 in 1960 to 2.6 today....
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Eye on Washington: Seeking Green Trade in North America

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Dan Sealy, NEC Legislative Analyst Trade is an important mechanism whereby a nation can not only protect its economic interests and trade priorities, but assure fair treatment of labor laws, civil rights, and public and...

News from the Center

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Well, here it is - 2020. We’re still on the lookout for the prophesized flying cars and robot servants, but for right now we’ll stay focused on things that are actually happening around the...

Last Chance Grade Environmental Study Starts

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Caroline Griffith, EcoNews Journalist Last Chance Grade is in bad shape. That’s easy to see. What is more difficult to discern is what the possible solution might be. Between 1997 and 2019, $85 million has...

But What About the Rain?

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Colin Fiske Coalition for Responsible Transportation Executive Director When you talk to residents of the North Coast about walking and biking this time of year, a common refrain goes something like this: “Sure, I’d walk or bike...

City of Eureka Asks for Input on What Happens Next with Climate

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Caroline Griffith, EcoNews Journalist Should the City of Eureka reduce greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions by purchasing more electric buses? Or by making certain bus routes free? Should we follow the lead of the City of...