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NEC, Baykeeper respond to 101 corridor decision
Written by Dan Ehresman & Jessica Hall, Times Standard My Word   

9/22/13



On behalf of the Northcoast Environmental Center and Humboldt Baykeeper, we are writing to reflect upon the Coastal Commission’s Sept. 12 decision to conditionally approve Caltrans’ 101 corridor project. First we would like to thank the many people whose efforts led to what we feel is a reasonably balanced outcome: the many transportation and trail advocates, the various municipalities and county representatives, business owners, outspoken members of the public, and those who took a principled stance in the face of opposition.

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PINK STUFF INVESTIGATED! Science People Bring Back Microscopic Imagery of the King Salmon Pink Fuzz
Written by Hank Sims, Lost Coast Outpost   

5/23/13


It started, as you remember, with a Lost Coast Outpost reader sending along a photo of some pink gunk on the shore of a King Salmon canal and asking: What is this stuff?

 

Readers had their theories: Algae. Bacteria. Crabs. Krill. Nuclear waste.

 

And then the most amazing thing happened. Yesterday, during KHUM’s regular “Coastal Currents” program, Humboldt Baykeeper Executive Director told KHUM’s Mike Dronkers that she had put together a crack team to investigate the mystery. Last night she sent us amazing images from a digital microscope at an HSU lab, along with a precis of her team’s methodology.

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Let’s work together for a better way

5/1/13

 

Re: “City to Bayshore Mall homeless: It’s time to move on” (Times-Standard, April 21, Page A1). Humboldt Baykeeper and our volunteers were just out at Palco Marsh over Earth Day week­end, where we worked with New Directions and home­less campers to clean out about 30 cubic yards of trash and waste. We recognize that there’s a real need to protect the public, habitat, and water quality at many of our unsupervised urban open spaces such as Palco Marsh, but we also hope that environmentalists, social service organizations and government will come together to find compassion­ate and lasting solutions to the deep and tragic problem of homelessness.

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Eureka will seek rail study grant; Atkins expresses concern about timing
Written by Grant Scott-Goforth, Times Standard   


3/30/31



The Eureka City Council on Friday approved a resolu­tion to allow the city to apply for a $295,000 Caltrans grant that would go toward a rail feasibility study.

The council voted 4-1, with Councilwoman Linda Atkins dissenting, to go forward with the grant application. Atkins said the matter, which was approved in a special meeting announced Thursday, should have been given more public notice.

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Year’s highest tides to hit next week
Written by Kaci Poor, Times Standard   

8.8 foot high tide predicted Thursday




12/6/12



Humboldt County’s lowest-lying areas are likely to get wet next week, with a second round of “king tides” scheduled to hit the coast.

Streets in King Salmon were submerged, cow pastures were flooded and shorelines on Indian Island were inundated last month when the unusually high tides — caused by solar and lunar gravita­tional pull at times of the year when the moon is closest to the Earth — struck.



The tides are expected to be even larger this month, reaching their peak at 8.8 feet Thurs­day afternoon, ab­out three inches more than the highest tides seen in November.



National Weather Service spokesman Troy Nicolini said the good news is the tides aren’t expect­ed to cause serious coastal flooding.

“We really get into trouble when we have these astro­nomical tides plus a storm surge,” Nicol­ini said. “Right now we aren’t predicting any surges, like last week’s storm, that would cause really big flooding.” Nicolini said the conditions could always change, so residents should remember to check weather advisories again next week.



Margaret Smith, a King Salmon resident for over 45 years, said although Thursday’s 8.8 foot tide has her a little concerned, she knows she’ll be fine.



The 83-year-old said she is used to her yard looking like a swimming pool, and that it’s been happening as long as she can remember.



“I’ve been through the floods before,” she said. “We have sandbags lined up against the garage just in case, but I have never seen water come into the house. Heck, I’m not too worried. I have a boat.”

Humboldt Baykeepers Executive Director Jessica Hall said local volunteers will again be joining forces with federal, state and non­profit agency volunteers to capture images of coastal areas across California flooded by high tides.

More than two dozen local volunteers turned out last month to document the effect king tides had on Humboldt County.

By capturing images of the high water events, volunteers and environmental agencies across the state hope to provide insight into how rising sea levels will impact coastal areas in the future.

The grassroots effort, the King Tides Initiative Program, began in the Bay Area in 2009 to help educate the public about the coastal shoreline and rising sea level.

“We were really excited about the turnout we had in November,” Hall said. “We got some amazing shots. We are hoping people will grab their cameras and come out to help us out again next week.”

King tides

Extreme high tide events that occur when the solar and lunar gravitational forces reinforce one another at times of the year when the moon is closest to the Earth.

For those worried about their proper­ty flooding due to the high tides, the National Weather Service offers free sandbag training. For more information call 443-6484.

 

GET INVOLVED:

The next round of king tides are expected Dec. 12-14.

If you have a camera or smartphone, and would like more information on how to get involved with local documentation efforts, contact Humboldt Baykeepers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 268-8897. Humboldt Baykeepers asks that volunteers remember to be safe and smart when taking photos.

Photos can also be uploaded directly to the California King Tides Flickr group at www.flickr.com/groups/cakingtides/.

 

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