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Welcome to Humboldt Baykeeper
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. 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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Safety Tips for Cleaning & Cooking Dungeness Crab

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Given this year's Dungeness crab season delay due to unsafe domoic acid levels, health department officials recommend not eating the internal organs (known as crab butter) which concnetrated 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.

 
North Coast Representative Martha McClure votes to fire Coastal Commission Director

2/11/16

More than 1,000 people went to the Coastal Commission hearing in Morro Bay to support Dr. Charles Lester, the Commission's director since 2011. More than 250 people testified in support of Lester, calling for an open discussion.Only one spoke in favor of firing him.

Supported by 18 state legislators, 35 former Commissioners, 10 members of Congress, dozens of local gov't reps, 93 non-profit organizations, 154 current staff members, and 24,000 letters, Dr. Lester was fired  in a 7-5 vote with no explanation.

 

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EPA Identifies Local Impaired Waterways
Written by Will Houston, Times Standard   

Six rivers, creeks listed for fecal contamination

7/10/15

Six local waterways have been officially recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as being impaired by fecal bacteria, thus beginning what may be a lengthy assessment to identify and mitigate the sources of pollution.

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Proposal to Allow "Interim Uses" on Coastal-Dependent Industrial Properties






















Humboldt County is considering changes to its Coastal Plan that would provide more flexibility in uses allowed in the Coastal-Dependent Industrial ("MC") zone. Parcels under discussion are on the Samoa Peninsula, in Fields Landing, and King Salmon.

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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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Only Rain Down the Storm Drain!












Can you find six activities that contribute to stormwater pollution?

Humboldt Bay is closer than you think - anything that goes down the storm drains on your street flows into creeks and eventually into the Bay.

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