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Caltrans Punts Sea Level Rise Planning for 101 Corridor Project

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In August, the California Coastal Commission met in Eureka to consider the long-anticipated permit for Caltrans’ “Eureka-Arcata Highway 101 Corridor Safety Improvement Project,” which features an interchange at Indianola Cutoff, a left-turn signal...
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CA Legislature Missed Opportunity to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

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The Zero Waste movement has stirred consumers, taxpayers, ratepayers, and climate change activists to adopt less wasteful practices in their daily lives. Awareness is also increasing that we’re all paying for the wasteful packaging...
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Available Parking Leads to More Driving

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People drive cars, so there needs to be places for them to park. Development standards in practically every American community require developers and property owners to provide specific amounts of parking for new construction....
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New Water Permit for Dairies / North Group Sponsors Campers

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Water Board Adopts New Permit for Dairies At its August meeting in Santa Rosa, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted a new clean water permit for dairies. The Waste Discharge Requirements permit...
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EPIC Honors Civil Rights Attorney Dennis Cunningham

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Dennis Cunningham is a legendary civil rights attorney who has spent his lifetime defending activists since the 1960s. From suing the Chicago Police Department for the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton, to representing...
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Coastal Commission to Vote on Major Changes to 101 Corridor between Eureka and Arcata

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  On August 7, the Coastal Commission will vote on Caltrans’ Eureka-Arcata 101 Corridor Safety Improvement Project, which includes an interchange at Indianola Cutoff, a left turn signal at Airport Drive, closure of all other...
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EPIC Concerns with Sierra Pacific and Green Diamond

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Sierra Pacific up to the Same Old Tricks A proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), was recently released in its draft form by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a companion...
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North Coast Water Board Comes to Eureka

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Residents speak up for Elk River & National Forest Water Quality Two salient items were on the agenda of the June 19 and 20 North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NC Water Board): proposed...
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CNPS: Fall Plant Sale & Events

Fall Native Plant Sale Sat. & Sun., September  28 & 29 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (CNPS members only pre-sale 9 - 10 a.m.) Freshwater Farms Reserve 5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka (near Three Corners Market), a property of the Northcoast Regional Land...
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What Really Happens with Plastics Recycling?

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A combination of waste reduction legislation, increased manufacturer responsibility and a societal shift in our thinking and our habits will reduce plastic pollution. What happens to your plastic materials after you drop them in...
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What’s Your Street Story?

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We all use public streets, and we all have stories—about the place we almost got hit by a car, or couldn’t cross the street safely, or just feel so unsafe that we won’t even...
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Coastal Commission Calls for Local Hearing on 101 Interchange at Indianola Cutoff

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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)...