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California Redwood Company, Humboldt Baykeeper settle bay pollution lawsuit
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

10/26/17 - California Redwood Company has entered into a four-year agreement with the Arcata-based environmental nonprofit Humboldt Baykeeper in order to drop a federal lawsuit alleging the company violated the Clean Water Act, according to a joint announcement this week.

 

Filed in December 2016 by Humboldt Baykeeper, the lawsuit alleged California Redwood Company was allowing storm water carrying pollutants from its wood chip dock facility and former mill site on the Samoa peninsula to enter Humboldt Bay since at least September 2011.

 

As part of the settlement, California Redwood Company agreed to implement a four-year monitoring program, install equipment that will treat stormwater and conduct employee training in order to prevent contaminated stormwater runoff from entering the bay, according to court documents. 

 

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Safety Tips for Cleaning & Cooking Dungeness Crab

This year's Dungeness crab season is finally under way! With last year's unsafe domoic acid levels, health department officials continue to recommend not eating the internal organs (known as crab butter) which concentrated 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.

 
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!

 
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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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.

Humboldt Baykeeper 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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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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