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Welcome to Humboldt Baykeeper
Eureka City Council to consider dredge spoils disposal options, Tuesday, Feb. 21 @ 6 pm

 

The Humboldt Bay Harbor District and City of Eureka are just beginning to present to the public options for disposing of dredge spoils from their marinas – as they’d resolved to do back in 2007.


A decade ago, a lack of planning erupted into controversy when the Harbor District insisted on ignoring EPA guidance and instead asked to dump 200,000 cubic yards of sludge on Samoa Beach.  


Photo by Terence McNally/Arcata Eye, November 2006

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New Headquarters at 415 I Street in Arcata!

On December 1, the Northcoast Environmental Center, Humboldt Baykeeper and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) will have new headquarters in the Cooper Building at 415 I Street in Arcata. This new location will be more accessible and visible for volunteers, interns, and interested community members. 

 

"We are excited to launch this new chapter in a better position to engage the community in what will certainly be challenging times for environmental advocacy," said Jennifer Kalt, Director of Humboldt Baykeeper. 

 

 

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Coast Seafoods Shrinks North Bay Shellfish Expansion Proposal

Coast Seafoods’ proposed shellfish expansion has been decreased from 622 acres to 256 acres, with removal of existing culture on 62 acres, for a net increase of 190 acres in two phases. A new alternative was developed to avoid impacts to eelgrass, black brant, and Pacific herring by eliminating expansion in the “East Bay Management Area.” Existing culture will be removed from 64 acres near Sand Island to lessen impacts to green sturgeon. 

 

The Final EIR and associated documents are available HERE.

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EcoNews Report: Humboldt Baykeeper Co-Founder Fred Evenson on Mercury, Fish, and Monterey
Written by KHSU Staff   


Humboldt Baykeeper is about to begin a California EPA-funded study of mercury in certain Humboldt fishes. Fred Evenson of the Ecological Rights Foundation and Econews host / director of Humboldt Baykeeper Jen Kalt discussed mercury in fish in Monterey Bay's Elkhorn Slough, where a fish advisory was recently issued to protect human health.

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Safety Tips for Cleaning & Cooking Dungeness Crab

This year's Dungeness crab season is finally under way! With last year's unsafe domoic acid levels, health department officials continue to recommend not eating the internal organs (known as crab butter) which concentrated toxins. Humboldt Baykeeper has long recommended this as well as killing and cleaning crabs before cooking to reduce dioxin exposure.


Click HERE to download the brochure explaining this simple method.

 
Keeper of the Bay: “An Individual can make a difference”
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

Humboldt Baykeeper’s Jen Kalt is one of nine women featured in the Times-Standard's Monday Magazine, a new publication celebrating local women in business. 

 

Kalt says that the lack of enforcement of many environmental laws in Humboldt County is “severe” and criticized decision makers who she said have “enabled” businesses to operate outside of those laws.

 

“I think that’s an injustice to the people who believe in running their business in ways that follow the laws and protect the environment and community,” she said.

 

“Industries come and go, but the bay and rivers, if we destroy them, they’re gone forever.”

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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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