Humboldt Baykeeper was launched in October 2004 to safeguard our coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Humboldt Bay community through education, scientific research, and enforcement of laws to fight pollution.
Jennifer Kalt, Director
Humboldt Baykeeper is a program of the Northcoast Environmental Center, a non-profit organization devoted to conserving, protecting, and celebrating terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems of northern California and southern Oregon.
NEC's Tax ID# is 23-7122386. Please specify that your donation is intended for Humboldt Baykeeper.
Humboldt Baykeeper Advisory Committee:Fred Evenson - Director, Ecological Rights FoundationLarry Glass - Board President, Northcoast Environmental CenterAldaron Laird - Sea Level Rise Planner, Trinity Associates,Mike Manetas - Retired EducatorKerry McNamee - Conservation Planner, Northcoast Regional Land TrustPete Nichols - founding Executive Director, Humboldt Baykeeper Laurie Richmond - Assistant Professor, Humboldt State UniversityMichelle D. Smith - Environmental AttorneyMichael Welch - Director, Redwood Alliance
What are Coastal Resources?
Humboldt Bay is the second largest estuary in California. The Bay and the adjacent Pacific Ocean coastline give our community its unique character. The health of our waters both in the bay and along our coastline depend greatly on the functioning of the intertidal mudflats, salt marshes, and freshwater wetlands of Humboldt Bay which act as a natural pollution filter and flood plain. Clean water supports healthier fisheries, which in turn support bird and wildlife populations.
For the human community around the bay and coast this means more lucrative fisheries, better bird hunting, bird watching, and cleaner water for recreating, including boating, surfing, diving, and swimming.
Humboldt Baykeeper's programs involve scientists, boaters, fishermen, birdwatchers, students, and other concerned citizens in the important work of protecting Humboldt Bay, its tributaries, and the near-shore waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The geographical reach of Humboldt Baykeeper's programs includes Humboldt Bay, its tributaries, and the Pacific Coast between Trinidad Harbor to the north and the Eel River estuary to the south. Baykeeper maintains an on-the-water presence throughout the area, patrolling by motorboat, kayak, and airplane, with upland areas patrolled by car and by foot.