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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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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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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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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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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,”...

Fishing Community Sustainability for Eureka and Shelter Cove

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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...
California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's fish advisory guide for Humboldt Bay.

Humboldt Baykeeper: Big Lagoon Asphalt Plant; Humboldt Bay Fish Advisory

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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,...
Randy Klein with large sedge on the Mad River Credit Dana Stolzman/ Salmonid Restoration Federation

Hydrologist Randy Klein on Low Stream Flows on the North Coast

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The ways that we manage (or fail to manage) our impacts on the land have left many rivers and creeks without enough water year-round to sustain fish and other wildlife. Randy Klein is a...
Baykeeper’s Tours Coordinator, Jasmin Segura (front left) with Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center Photos: Jen Kalt.

Ecological Rights Foundation v. PG&E; Coastal Cleanup Day

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. recently settled a lawsuit brought in 2010 by the Ecological Rights Foundation of Garberville. As a result, PG&E has agreed to protect San Francisco and Humboldt bays from dioxin-containing...
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Humboldt Alliance for Responsible Planning Calls for Public Input on Trinidad Rancheria Hotel

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The Trinidad Rancheria is planning a 100-room, 6-story hotel adjacent to the Cherae Heights Casino on Scenic Drive near Trinidad. My guests, Richard Johnson and Dave Hankin, are co-chairs for the Humboldt Alliance for...
Joe Tyburczy of California Sea Grant Extension and HSU graduate student Eric LeBlanc recently deployed instruments during very low tides to measure pH levels and other environmental conditions in and near eelgrass beds in Humboldt Bay. Credit Brian Carter

Can Eelgrass Reverse the Effects of Ocean Acidification?

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Joe Tyburczy is a marine ecologist with the California Sea Grant Extension who is studying the effects of eelgrass on ocean acidification. Joe and his colleagues are examining eelgrass’s role in reversing the effects...
Fisheries biologist Ross Taylor weighs a halibut caught for study.

Mercury Guidelines for Eating Humboldt Bay Fish & Shellfish

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Fish consumption is the major route of mercury exposure in the United States, but there are many health benefits of eating fish that is low in mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants. Fish is high...
Marbled Godwits are one of manny species of shorebirds that flock to Humboldt Bay in the spring. Artwork courtesy of Godwit Days.

Godwit Days Festival is this weekend!

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Godwit Days is an annual festival celebrating spring bird migration in and around Humboldt Bay, an important stop on the Pacific Flyway for thousands of shorebirds, waterfowl, hawks, owls, songbirds. My guest is Godwit...
Fisheries biologist Ross Taylor weighs a halibut caught for study.

Mercury Levels in Humboldt Bay Fish and Shellfish

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Have you wondered whether it is safe to eat fish from Humboldt Bay? Humboldt Baykeeper has been testing mercury levels in local fish since July 2016 with grant funding from the California Environmental Protection...
Fisheries biologist Ross Taylor weighs a halibut caught for study.

Is It Safe To Eat Fish from Humboldt Bay?

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Have you wondered whether it is safe to eat fish from Humboldt Bay? Humboldt Baykeeper has been testing mercury levels in local fish with today’s guest, fisheries consultant Ross Taylor. For more info, visit humboldtbaykeeper.org...
A floating wnd turbine off Aqucadoura, Portugal.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Proposes Offshore Wind Project

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Will Humboldt be the site of the West Coast’s first offshore wind energy project? Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Executive Director Matthew Marshall discusses the agency’s proposal for 10-15 floating wind turbines 20-30 miles west of...
The site of Mercer-Fraser’s proposed cannabis extraction facility is in the Mad River floodplain along Highway 299 between Blue Lake and McKinleyville. Base map from Humboldt County Web GIS (http://webgis.co.humboldt.ca.us).

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

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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...
Indian Beach. Photo: Jennifer Kalt.

Protecting our Coasts from Offshore Oil Drilling

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On January 4, the Trump Administration announced its plan to open nearly all federal waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling. It would be the largest ever proposed, with 47 leases, including 6 off...