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Welcome to Humboldt Baykeeper
2016 Bay Tour Schedule

NEW! 

Motor Boat Tours: Aug. 27, Sept. 23, and Oct. 7.

Baykeeper has partnered with the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District to provide free, docent-led motor boat tour of Humboldt Bay. Kids 8 and older are welcome. 


Kayak Tours: July 16, Aug. 13, and Oct. 1. 

Baykeeper has also partnered with the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center to offer kayak tours of the Elk River combined with guided walks along the Hikshari’ Trail in Eureka. Kayak tours are for ages 12 and older, and beginners are welcome.

 

Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve space, call (707) 825-1020, or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more info or to make reservations. Se habla español.

 

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McKinleyville Ace Hardware Illegally Fills, Drains Seasonal Wetland
Written by Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper for EcoNews   

During the summer of 2015, owners of the new McKinleyville Ace Hardware on Central Avenue illegally filled wetlands with gravel for a parking lot in violation of the Clean Water Act and Humboldt County ordinance. After winter rains turned much of the area into a seasonal duck pond, insult was added to injury when the wetlands were illegally drained into a ditch that discharges into Widow White Creek, a tributary to the Mad River that once supported coho salmon. 

 

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Ocean Night, Thursday, July 7: Your Environmental Road Trip & El Niño's Wake

YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip): 50 states in 1 year: Zero garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events pushes them to the brink in this award-winning fun-telligent docu-comedy.

 

El Niño's Wake: Surfer presents a new surf flim, El Niños Wake. Echoes from a historic west coast winter.

 

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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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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.

 

Click HERE to download the article.

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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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Major Shellfish Expansion Proposed in North Bay

Two proposals for expanding shellfish production in North Humboldt Bay are currently under review by the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District, which is serving as Lead Agency for environmental review.

Both projects will require permits from the California Coastal Commission, Army Corps of Engineers, and Regional Water Quality Control Board. Resources agencies will also weigh in, including the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service.

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