Deciding on a new appointment to the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (McKMAC), Supervisor Ryan Sundberg has said he is striving for balance to ensure the committee’s recommendations have credibility.


At the Oct. 7 Board of Supervisors meeting, Sundberg announced that Committee Member Tim Hooven will be resigning and Jen Kalt of Humboldt Baykeeper will be his replacement.


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 North Coast regional water board has sounded the alarm. After examining nine years of data gathered by Humboldt Baykeeper, a nonprofit environmental watchdog group, the board is moving to ask California for help.

The problem? Six local waterways -- Little River, Widow White Creek, Martin Slough, Elk River, Jolly Giant Creek and Campbell Creek -- have alarming levels of fecal bacteria. At least one, Jolly Giant, has recent samples showing over 600 times the acceptable level under state regulations. The source? Unknown. Suspects include septic failures, leaky pipes, ag runoff, pets and transient camps.


With the North Coast regional water board recommending that six local waterways containing high levels of fecal bacteria be added to state list of impaired waters, the next task is finding the original source of these microbes.

“In some cases, it’s just a mystery,” Humboldt Baykeeper Policy Director Jennifer Kalt said. “We are trying to raise money to do a study to see where it is coming from so we can develop a strategy to reduce this type of pollution.”

Planning Commission to focus on Housing Element



After the Humboldt County Planning Commission’s controversial, two-month review of the General Plan’s Conservation and Open Space Elements, the board of supervisors unanimously decided it was time to carry on.

Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg said with the commission failing to get through the 13 policy short list as had been instructed by board, the choice was clear.