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Royal Gold settles lawsuit
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

Humboldt Baykeeper warns of chemical runoff on former mill sites


10/4/17

The Arcata-based soil company Royal Gold LLC recently settled a federal civil lawsuit filed by Humboldt Baykeeper that alleged the company allowed harmful chemicals at its Glendale soil mixing facility to contaminate the Mad River and the nearby Mill Creek.

 

The company agreed to make a variety of infrastructure changes to prevent contaminated runoff from entering soil and groundwater.

 

Royal Gold has been operating the 15-acre soil mixing facility on the former Blue Lake Forest Products mill site since 2009, according to court documents.

Humboldt Baykeeper Executive Director Jennifer Kalt urged potential buyers of former timber mill properties to determine whether soil and groundwater at the site has been contaminated with chemicals. Kalt said this is especially important for cannabis businesses as the county is currently proposing to incentivize businesses to reuse former industrial sites.

 

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Ocean Night, Thursday, Oct. 12: Straws & Thicker Than Water

Straws: It's estimated that each day in the U.S., over 500,000,000 straws are used once and tossed. Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic straws as the number five most popular found item on beaches and the vast majority of them aren't recycled, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.

 

Thicker Than Water is a collection of images and memories that started with the first time we stood on the deck of a surfboard and ends with an eighteen- month journey through the North Atlantic, South Pacific and the Bay of Bengal. Starring: Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, Brad Gerlach, Shane Dorian, The Malloy Brothers, and others.

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October 2017: Sea Level Rise Awareness Month in Arcata

On October 7, the City of Arcata will host a trail walk at 1 pm and a presentation at 2:30pm at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center to discuss potential effects of sea level rise, and strategies the City Council is considering in response.

 

Click HERE for more info on Arcata's 

 
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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2017 Bay Tour Season Highlights

Humboldt Baykeeper offers free, docent-led tours of the bay by motorboat, kayak, or canoe for youth, elders, and everyone in between. This year we also offered tours for teens, kids aged 8 to 12 in the City of Eureka’s summer day camp, and students in English as a Second Language classes. 

Thanks to funding from the California Coastal Conservancy, these tours are entirely free to participants and all gear is provided. Motorboat tours are courtesy of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District and skippers Alan Bobillot and Tim Petrusha. Docents Bob Rasmussen and Sylvia DeRooy are knowledgeable in natural history and human history of Humboldt Bay. Thanks to Bay Tours Coordinator Jasmin Segura for another fantastic Bay Tours season!

 
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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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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