For the second year running, a beach near McKinleyville has been named to a water quality watchdog’s list of the worst beaches in the state.

According to the annual Beach Report Card compiled by Heal the Bay, a Southern California-based advocacy group that grades beaches along the West Coast, Humboldt County’s Clam Beach landed the No. 3 spot on the list, this year slipping from a “D” grade to an “F.”


As the 14th annual National Learn to Row Day on June 6 draws near, rowing communities across the country are hosting events to welcome new athletes to the sport of rowing. The Humboldt Bay Rowing Association in Eureka, Calif., has partnered with the Humboldt BayKeeper to not only promote rowing, but also to encourage conservation and clean water.


Time commitment, monetary risks and public outcry led the U.S. Mine Corp to pull out of negotiations for leasing a section of the Samoa Pulp Mill site during the early stages.


“We were able to do some more research and take a more specific look at costs, permitting and timelines for agency approval and public approval,” US Mine Corp general manager Guy Reed said. “We just felt it was a risk the company wasn’t willing to take.”

Processing facility could expand mining along coast 



A mining company wants to open up an ore-to-gold processing facility on the Samoa Peninsula and representatives of the corporation plan to present their interest in leasing a section of the pulp mill site during a Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District meeting on Thursday.

The Yuba City-based mining company, US Mine Corp., will be offering $5,000 to secure a sixmonth period in which it is the only company that can make offers to the harbor district for Redwood Terminal 2, harbor district Executive Director Jack Crider said.


Coast Seafoods Company and local environmental organization Humboldt Baykeeper are teaming up once again to identify the sources of contaminants within local waterways that spill into Humboldt Bay, presenting a danger to the local shellfish industry.

“The oyster industry has to stop harvesting — on average 30 days a year — when the rain flushes E. coli into the North Bay, so (Coast Seafoods) has been concerned about water quality in the bay (tributaries) for years,” Humboldt Baykeeper Director Jennifer Kalt wrote in an email to the Times-Standard. “The bay itself has very low E. coli when it’s not raining — if it didn’t, there wouldn’t be a thriving oyster industry here.” While the two have worked together on similar projects observing E. coli concentrations in Humboldt Bay, they have yet to seek out and quantify the source of the pollutants. To accomplish this, Coast Seafood will be price matching all funds raised by Humboldt Baykeeper until Dec. 31 to help pay for the study due to state funding being more difficult to acquire for the project.