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Coastal Commission to Vote on Major Changes to 101 Corridor between Eureka and Arcata

  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

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

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?

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?

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

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...