Organizations say modifications affect local, national waterways


A group of environmental organizations, including Humboldt Baykeeper, have filed a lawsuit challenging proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act that they claim would threaten waterways across the nation and locally that were once protected under the act.

Six rivers, creeks listed for fecal contamination


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.


As the 14th annual National Learn to Row Day on June 6 draws near, rowing communities across the country are hosting events to welcome new athletes to the sport of rowing. The Humboldt Bay Rowing Association in Eureka, Calif., has partnered with the Humboldt BayKeeper to not only promote rowing, but also to encourage conservation and clean water.


For the second year running, a beach near McKinleyville has been named to a water quality watchdog’s list of the worst beaches in the state.

According to the annual Beach Report Card compiled by Heal the Bay, a Southern California-based advocacy group that grades beaches along the West Coast, Humboldt County’s Clam Beach landed the No. 3 spot on the list, this year slipping from a “D” grade to an “F.”


Time commitment, monetary risks and public outcry led the U.S. Mine Corp to pull out of negotiations for leasing a section of the Samoa Pulp Mill site during the early stages.


“We were able to do some more research and take a more specific look at costs, permitting and timelines for agency approval and public approval,” US Mine Corp general manager Guy Reed said. “We just felt it was a risk the company wasn’t willing to take.”