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McKinleyville Ace Hardware Illegally Fills, Drains Seasonal Wetland
Written by Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper for EcoNews   

During the summer of 2015, owners of the new McKinleyville Ace Hardware on Central Avenue illegally filled wetlands with gravel for a parking lot in violation of the Clean Water Act and Humboldt County ordinance. After winter rains turned much of the area into its usual condition – a seasonal duck pond - insult was added to injury when the wetlands were illegally drained into a ditch that discharges into Widow White Creek, a tributary to the Mad River that once supported coho salmon. On February 5, attorneys representing Humboldt Baykeeper issued a 60-day notice to the landowners and grading contractors who illegally placed the wetland fill.

 

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New Dioxin Data: Good News, Bad News

Since Baykeeper’s 2006 success in getting Humboldt Bay designated as impaired by dioxin, sampling for this long-lasting contaminant has become common for dredging, restoration, and development projects. One recent study has revealed a major dioxin hotspot in Humboldt Bay near the Arcata Marsh. The good news is that ongoing monitoring at a former lumber mill in Eureka has shown that the cleanup brought by Baykeeper’s legal action has been effective.

 

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Humboldt Bay Sea Level Rise Inundation Mapping

Inundation maps were developed by Jeff Anderson of Northern Hydrology & Engineering for the Humboldt Bay Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Project. The maps show areas vulnerable to existing and future sea levels that are currently protected from inundation due to the natural shoreline, dikes or berms, and railroad or road grades.

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Major Shellfish Expansion Proposed in North Bay

Two proposals for expanding shellfish production in North Humboldt Bay are currently under review by the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District, which is serving as Lead Agency for environmental review.

Both projects will require permits from the California Coastal Commission, Army Corps of Engineers, and Regional Water Quality Control Board. Resources agencies will also weigh in, including the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service.

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2016 Kayak Tour Schedule

Baykeeper has partnered with the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center to offer kayak tours of the Elk River combined with guided walks along the Hikshari’ Trail in Eureka. Our staff and docents lead tours in Spanish and English. 

 

2016 Kayak Tour dates are June 18, July 16, August 13 and October 1. 

 

Kayak tours are for ages 12 and older, and beginners are welcome. Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve space, call (707) 825-1020, or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more info or make reservations. Se habla español.

 

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Report A Spill Here!

For spills in Humboldt Bay:

  • Cailfornia Office of Emergency Services (800) 852-7550

For spills in or near storm drains (which drain to creeks and Humboldt Bay)

  • Eureka Public Works Dept. (707) 441-4192
  • Arcata Environmental Services Dept. (707) 822-8184
  • Humboldt County Public Works Dept. (707) 445-7491

Storm drains are separate from sewer systems, so stormwater flows into our coastal waterways UNTREATED. Humboldt Baykeeper is working hard to protect our environment but we can't do it alone. We need your help!

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Proposal to Allow "Interim Uses" on Coastal-Dependent Industrial Properties






















Humboldt County is considering changes to its Coastal Plan that would provide more flexibility in uses allowed in the Coastal-Dependent Industrial ("MC") zone. Parcels under discussion are on the Samoa Peninsula, in Fields Landing, and King Salmon.

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