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Regional board recommends 6 North Coast waterways for impairment listing
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

8/15/14

The North Coast Regional Wa­ter Quality Board on Thursday recommended that six local wa­terways be federally listed as im­paired due to high fecal bacteria concentrations, paving the way for those streams and rivers to obtain government-backed pol­lution control plans. “I’m pleased that the regional board took this action, which is a first step to addressing water quality impairments in the North Coast region,” board Executive Of­ficer Matt St. John said.

The board recommended that the State Water Resources Control Board include the Lit­tle River, Widow White Creek, Martin Slough, lower Elk River, Jolly Giant Creek and Campbell Creek in its 2012 federal Clean Water Act’s list of impaired wa­ters due to higher concentrations of fecal coliform bacteria, such as E. coli, than allowed by state regulations.

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Swimmable CA Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Rob Dumouchel of Arcata, the NorCal winner of the 2014 Swimmable California photo contest! Rob is an open-water swimmer who calls Humboldt Bay his new bathtub. He swam the 4.5 mile Critter Crawl on July 13.

 

Special thanks to the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center for donating tickets for 2 for a Humboldt Bay Oyster Tour!

 
Humboldt County Issues Blue-Green Algae Warning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officials with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are warning recreational users of all fresh water bodies to avoid contact with algae this summer and early fall.

 

Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, are found naturally in water and wet environments, but prefer warm, stagnant, nutrient-rich water and are found most often in ponds, lakes, and slow moving rivers.

Photo: Algae in the South Fork Eel River, 7/17/14

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Meet our new Bay Explorations Coordinator!

Join us in welcoming Jasmin Segura, the new Bay Explorations Coordinator, and Justin Zakoren, NEC's new Coastal Education Specialist!

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Explore the Bay with Humboldt Baykeeper!

Interested in exploring Humboldt Bay while paddling a kayak or from the more leisurely deck of a motorized boat? Baykeeper has partnered with the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District to offer monthly bilingual tours covering a variety of topics on Humboldt Bay.

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Citizen Water Monitoring Data Draws Attention from State Regulators

Using Humboldt Baykeeper’s 2005-2009 Citizen Water Monitoring data, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board staff recently recommended six waterways for listing under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act due to bacterial pollution (E. coli).

 

Photo: Children play in Little River at Moonstone Beach, one of the waterways recommended for listing. March 22, 2014.

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Fecal Coliform Loads Measured in Four Arcata Creeks

At long last, a rainy February enabled us to augment our 2013 flow study with wet weather data to calculate the mass volume of fecal coliform bacteria in four Humboldt Bay tributaries (Janes, Jolly Giant, Jacoby, and Campbell Creeks).

 

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