The North Coast Regional Wa­ter Quality Board on Thursday recommended that six local wa­terways be federally listed as im­paired due to high fecal bacteria concentrations, paving the way for those streams and rivers to obtain government-backed pol­lution control plans. “I’m pleased that the regional board took this action, which is a first step to addressing water quality impairments in the North Coast region,” board Executive Of­ficer Matt St. John said.


The North Coast regional water board has sounded the alarm. After examining nine years of data gathered by Humboldt Baykeeper, a nonprofit environmental watchdog group, the board is moving to ask California for help.

The problem? Six local waterways -- Little River, Widow White Creek, Martin Slough, Elk River, Jolly Giant Creek and Campbell Creek -- have alarming levels of fecal bacteria. At least one, Jolly Giant, has recent samples showing over 600 times the acceptable level under state regulations. The source? Unknown. Suspects include septic failures, leaky pipes, ag runoff, pets and transient camps.

Planning Commission to focus on Housing Element



After the Humboldt County Planning Commission’s controversial, two-month review of the General Plan’s Conservation and Open Space Elements, the board of supervisors unanimously decided it was time to carry on.

Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg said with the commission failing to get through the 13 policy short list as had been instructed by board, the choice was clear.


With the North Coast regional water board recommending that six local waterways containing high levels of fecal bacteria be added to state list of impaired waters, the next task is finding the original source of these microbes.

“In some cases, it’s just a mystery,” Humboldt Baykeeper Policy Director Jennifer Kalt said. “We are trying to raise money to do a study to see where it is coming from so we can develop a strategy to reduce this type of pollution.”

Coastal Commission expects Caltrans to eliminate signs as part of its Highway 101 safety project


The next round in the battle of the bay billboards may take place not along the 6-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 between Arcata and Eureka, but in Humboldt County Superior Court.

CBS Outdoor Incorporated, which in a document filed by its attorneys claims to be the owner of about 20 billboards along the, is asking the court to rule against the California Coastal Commission, which in November of 2013 made the removal of all corridor billboards one condition of its approval of Caltrans’ Eureka-Arcata Route 101 Corridor Improvement Project.