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The News
Success! California’s first-in-the-nation plastic bag ban works
Written by Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards   

11/13/17

 

Preliminary results are in on California’s grand experiment to reduce plastic bag litter along its majestic coastline and streams.

 

Take a bow, California voters. It’s working.

 

The early litter data from the Coastal Clean-up Day, held annually in September, shows that plastic bag litter had dropped by 72 percent when compared to 2010. Plastic bags now account for less than 1.5 percent of all litter, compared to nearly 10 percent in 2010.

 

In Alameda County, officials reported finding 433 plastic bags, compared to 4,357 in 2010. 

 

Monterey County reported even better news, with volunteers discovering only 43 plastic bags while performing their clean-up efforts, compared to 2,494 in 2010.

 

California is proving that its plastic bag ban stops litter from polluting our waterways and filling up our landfills, demonstrating again the state’s leadership role on environmental issues.

 

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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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Coast Seafoods permit approved
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

Operations to be cut by 21 acres; permit extended to 2025


9/14/17

Following months of negotiations, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a permit to allow Coast Seafoods Company to continue its shellfish farming operations in Humboldt Bay through 2025.

The Eureka company’s project was heavily revised this summer to address concerns raised by the commission in June when the company unsuccessfully proposed to expand its 300 acres of oyster and clam farming operations by another 260 acres.

Other special conditions attached to the project included the creation of monitoring plans for eelgrass, black brant and herring in coordination with regulatory agencies; limiting operations during brant hunting season;  monitoring, marking and cleanup of equipment; and creating a plan for transit lanes to reduce potential impacts of boats and barges on wildlife.

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Dredging work must wrap by October 15
Written by Hunter Cresswell, Times-Standard   


Coast Guard station, Eureka marina to be cleared of sediment


8/31/17

It’s a race against time on Humboldt Bay as two separate dredging projects battle the elements so both finish before an Oct. 15 deadline, according to harbor district and city of Eureka officials.

Sediment is set to be removed from near the Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay boathouse at the south end of the Samoa peninsula before work is done at the Eureka Boat Basin near the Wharfinger Building. Sediment brought up from the bottom of the bay will be dumped in the Pacific Ocean about 3 miles west of the Humboldt Bay entrance — known as the Humboldt Open Ocean Disposal Site, or HOODS.

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Coast Seafoods considers downsizing
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

 Shellfish company to create test plots to analyze potential for expansion

 

8/6/17

 

After its bid to expand its shellfish farming operations by more than 250 acres in Humboldt Bay was shot down earlier this summer, Coast Seafoods Company is now proposing to reduce its existing operations in the bay, according to state documents.

 

“This approach is what the agencies would like us to take,” the company’s Southwest Operations Manager Greg Dale said Saturday morning. “We just want to keep our farm.”

 

The Eureka-based company plans to remove a net 21.7 acres of its existing oyster and clam farming operations. The company also proposes to create 12 acres of new cultivation area made up of four “test plots” where the company will monitor how its oyster and clam farming techniques impact eelgrass and Pacific black brant foraging in different areas in the northern portion of the bay.

 

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