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Coastal Commission Calls for Local Hearing on 101 Interchange at Indianola Cutoff

The “Eureka-Arcata Route 101 Corridor Improvement Project” is on track for a local hearing in August, despite CalTrans’ insistence that it must be held in June in San Diego. At its May hearing in...
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Proposed Wind Project Presents Alarming Impacts

EPIC urges greater efforts to minimize impacts to the environment There is a proposed wind energy project for the hills just southwest of Scotia, California. This project has given me untold heartburn as I try...
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Science Projects Receive Awards; Spring Chinook Endangered

For the 13th year, North Group sponsored an award for the best project relating to environmental issues at the annual Humboldt County Science Fair in mid-March. (The projects were so competitive in 2019 that...
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CNPS Events & Happenings

Plant Sale Shoppers with their lists made use of informative signs and enjoyed the huge array of native plants during the Native Plant Sale at the chapter’s nursery at Freshwater Farms Reserve of the Northcoast...
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Mixed-Use Zoning: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

The modern concept and practice of “zoning” dates back about a century. For almost all of that time, the dominant form practiced by United States cities has been single-use or “Euclidean” zoning (named after...
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Progress Toward Manufacturer Responsibility for Waste

Following the implementation of China’s stricter regulations regarding the types of recycling it would accept from other countries for processing, most recycling is currently ending up in landfills for lack of an alternate domestic...
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Humboldt Baykeeper: Fish Farm Proposed for Former Pulp Mill in Samoa

Fish Farm Proposed for Former Pulp Mill in Samoa In February, the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, & Conservation District voted unanimously to approve a $20,000/year, 3-year “Option Period” for Nordic AquaFarms subsidiary California Marine Investments,...
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EPIC: Happy 20th Birthday to the Headwaters Forest Reserve

Happy 20th Birthday to the Headwaters Forest Reserve! The 7,472-acre Headwaters Forest Reserve—located just south east of the City of Eureka, CA—was established on March 1, 1999 as part of the landmark Headwaters Forest...
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Sierra Club: State Water Board Rebuke

North Coast Water Board’s permits to control agricultural and forestry pollution are inadequate In recent years, I have personally filed numerous requests with the North Coast Water Quality Control Board asking them to control agricultural pollution...
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CNPS: Spring Wildflower Show & Native Plant Sale

Spring Wildflower Show & Native Plant Sale The North Coast celebration of wild California plants Free, open to all! This annual celebration of wild plants is now so big, it is in two places!  Visit both sites...
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Zero Waste Humboldt: Nearing the Tipping Point?

Changing our Single-use Plastic Culture Malcom Gladwell defined a tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” Indications are that the U.S. public is gradually awakening to the fact that...
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CRTP: Public Transit as a Civil Right

Monday, February 4, was the second annual Transit Equity Day, organized by a national coalition of groups ranging from labor unions to the Sierra Club to the NAACP. The date is significant: It’s the...
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Humboldt Baykeeper: Renewed Threat from Contaminated Former Lumber Bill

Renewed Threat from Contaminated Former Lumber Mill in Glendale In late December, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), whose mission is “to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances,”...
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EPIC: EPIC Appeals Green Diamond’s FSC Certification

EPIC Appeals Green Diamond’s  FSC Certification EPIC filed a formal Complaint over and Appeal of the recertification of Green Diamond Resource Company in conformance with the standards and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)...
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Sierra Club: Logging in Winter: Can Water Quality be Protected?

Logging in Winter: Can Water Quality be Protected?  When I first began paying attention to logging in Northern California back in the late 1970s, operations (often called “shows” by the loggers) were completely shut down...
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CNPS: Events & Happenings

Native Plants Every Day! A selection of our chapter-grown native plants is available to buy every day, 12 noon-6 p.m., at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave. (near Three...
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Zero Waste Humboldt: Refill Not Landfill Project Expands

With the cooperation of six local governments and three schools; the support of Coast Central Credit Union, Strong Foundation, and Mad River Rotary Club; and a start up grant from the Footprint Foundation, Zero...
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CRTP: Mobility on Demand – What Does That Mean?

One of the biggest and most talked about trends in transportation in recent years is variously known as “mobility on demand” or “mobility as a service.” While you may not have heard these particular...

Fishing Community Sustainability for Eureka and Shelter Cove

Dr. Laurie Richmond of Humboldt State University led a team of researchers who interviewed commercial and charter fishermen, fishing families, deckhands, local business owners and operators, local civic leaders, and elected officials in Eureka and Shelter...

“Bi-partisan” Action at the Expense of California Salmon

Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott Greacen explores these questions and more with guests John McManus and Regina Chichizola. John is the president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, which represents both...
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Humboldt Baykeeper: Big Lagoon Asphalt Plant; Humboldt Bay Fish Advisory

Baykeeper Appeals County Permit for Big Lagoon Asphalt Plant Humboldt Baykeeper is appealing the County’s Coastal Development Permit for an asphalt plant near Big Lagoon, a sensitive waterway known for its abundant fish, migratory birds,...
Clearcut in Klamath National Forest’s Westside Project 2016. Photo: Amber Jamieson.

EPIC: Robbing a Burn Victim

On October 16, EPIC filed a lawsuit challenging a large post-fire timber sale on the Siskiyou Crest in Klamath National Forest. This timber sale, called the Seiad-Horse Project after the watersheds it will impact,...
Green Diamond Resources (formerly Simpson Timber) is converting the North Coast forests it controls (this one is in Redwood Creek) into tree plantations. That increases the fire risk to nearby towns, including Hoopa, Weitchpec, Klamath and Trinidad. Photo: Felice Pace.

Sierra Club: Capitalizing on Disaster

Capitalizing on Disaster: Why Recent State Legislation and Subsidies for Biomass Electric Generation are Very Bad Ideas  In the wake of wildfires that caused terrible devastation when they entered Northern California towns, politicians are ignoring the...
Jeff, Kaylee and Emily Cook have fun cleaning up Samoa Beach during a Plastic Free July cleanup with the NEC. Photo: Sarai Lucarelli.

ZWH: A Year in Review for Zero Waste

It’s been quite a year for Zero Waste Humboldt (ZWH), and the entire Zero Waste community. The last 12 months have brought advocacy, education, and change to the North Coast, both within our organization...
The Plaza is a thriving public space when there’s an event happening. Let’s make it a vibrant and active place all the time! Photo: CRTP.

CRTP: Raise Your Voice for a People-Friendly (and Climate-Friendly) Plaza

For a year and a half, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities (CRTP) has been advocating for a redesign of the Arcata Plaza that puts people first. Currently, over 60 percent of the Plaza’s...