HUMBOLDT BAYKEEPER

Artist's Rendering / Cherae Heights Casino

The Trinidad Rancheria is planning a 100-room, 6-story hotel adjacent to the Cherae Heights Casino on Scenic Drive near Trinidad. My guests, Richard Johnson and Dave Hankin, are co-chairs for the Humboldt Alliance for Responsible Planning, a group recently formed to foster community involvement in proposed land developments that could have significant impact on quality of life and the environment. HARP’s concerns about the hotel include water supply, wastewater, impacts to birds, light pollution, traffic, and are calling for more transparency and public involvement. They will hold a public informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Trinidad Town Hall.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Today my guests are Ted Hernandez Tribal Chairman of the Wiyot Tribe; Michelle Vassel, Tribal Administrator; and Tim Nelson, Director of the Natural Resources Department. They are here to talk about the return of Indian Island to the tribe, the cleanup of the contaminated former boatyard at Tuluwat Village, and the recent revival of the tribe’s World Renewal ceremonies that were interrupted in 1860 by brutal massacres. 


Jennifer Kalt / Humboldt Baykeeper

Aldaron Laird is a local environmental planner who has spent years thinking about how best to prepare the Humboldt Bay area for flooding, erosion, and higher groundwater levels that are projected in the next several decades as sea level rises. On August 7, he will lead a public workshop focusing on King Salmon and Fields Landing, which will be among the first local communities to face the effects of rising sea level.  

Northcoast Environmental Center

  13 Environmental stories in 30 minutes - that's the EcoNews Roundup!

On today’s EcoNews Report Roundup Larry Glass, NEC's Executive Director, and Bella Waters, NEC's Admin & Development Director, cover the following news stories:

Brian Carter

Joe Tyburczy is a marine ecologist with the California Sea Grant Extension who is studying the effects of eelgrass on ocean acidification. Joe and his colleagues are examining eelgrass’s role in reversing the effects of ocean acidification, which disrupts the ability to form shells in juvenile oysters and other marine life. 


This week's Charlando Con La Raza features interviews with an HSU journalism student and Humboldt Baykeeper's Latino Outreach coordinator. Through their distinct disciplines, Jose Herrera and Jasmin Segura talk about passion for community work.


Godwit Days Festival is this weekend!

Apr 19, 2018
Courtesy of Godwit Days

Godwit Days is an annual festival celebrating spring bird migration in and around Humboldt Bay, an important stop on the Pacific Flyway for thousands of shorebirds, waterfowl, hawks, owls, songbirds. My guest is Godwit Days Media Liaison, Sue Leskiw.


Is It Safe To Eat Fish from Humboldt Bay?

Mar 15, 2018
Jennifer Kalt / Humboldt Baykeeper

Have you wondered whether it is safe to eat fish from Humboldt Bay? Humboldt Baykeeper has been testing mercury levels in local fish with today’s guest, fisheries consultant Ross Taylor.

Untrakdrover via Wikimedia Commons

Will Humboldt be the site of the West Coast’s first offshore wind energy project? 

Jennifer Kalt / Humboldt Baykeeper

On January 4, the Trump Administration announced its plan to open nearly all federal waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling. It would be the largest ever proposed, with 47 leases, including 6 off the California coast. In the current draft, Northern and Central CA lease sales are scheduled for 2021 and 2023.

Jennifer Savage of Surfrider Foundation joins us to discuss resistance to this outrageous plan at the local, state, and national  levels.

Tune in to learn how you can take action to protect our coast! See below for links and info. 


Photo by English Express

Baykeeper’s Tours Coordinator Jasmin Segura partners with English Express founder Mary Ann Hytken to provide guest lectures and tours of Humboldt Bay aboard the H/V Madaket for ESL students and their families. English Express is so much more than an English Language school!

Jasmin and I spoke with Mary Ann Hytken, Ray Valdivia, and Spencer Graey of English Express, about how they offer community services, field trips, and English lessons for ESL students from Cambodia, China, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Pakistan, Senegal, Thailand, and the Ukraine. 


Humboldt County Planning & Building

Nearly 18 years in the making, the County’s 20-year land use plan was finally adopted in October. 

It will create ten percent fewer new homes with more environmental impacts than the version recommended by the 2012 Planning Commission. County Supervisor Mike Wilson explains why his first and only vote on the plan was cast in opposition.

Living With Wildfire: Are You Prepared?

Oct 19, 2017

Recent catastrophic fires driven by hot, dry winds destroyed nearly 6,000 homes and businesses in Northern California. More than 40 people died and many are still missing, and thousands are homeless and/or jobless.

Across California and the West, many communities are more vulnerable than we realize, given the buildup of fuels over the past hundred years. Even damp coastal redwood forests have seen major wildfires, as evidenced by the massive fire scars on ancient trees.

Today my guests are two local experts in community fire preparedness. Cybelle Immitt is a planner with the Humboldt County Public Works Department. Tracy Katelman is a forester and founder of ForEverGreen Forestry based in Eureka, California and Pucón, Chile. They are launching a series of community workshops on fire preparedness that will be held in 14 communities around the county from Oct. 26 to Dec. 6.

Have you considered how you can downsize your personal carbon footprint, or if it’s even possible? Do you wonder what local government is doing to prepare for sea level rise?

Friends of the Dunes' Education Manager Suzie Fortner describes the incredible diversity of local bay and dune ecosystems that Friends of the Dunes works to conserve through community supported education and stewardship programs. One such program is the Coastal Naturalist Training, a 6-week course from September 7 to October 15. Evening lectures and weekend field trips are led by local experts and cover a variety of topics including dune geology, botany, animal tracking, cultural history, marine ecology, and ecological restoration.   


Jennifer Kalt / Humboldt Baykeeper

In the 1980s, Northern Californians won a hard-fought battle over offshore oil drilling along our coast. And though we thought national marine sanctuaries protected these areas forever, the federal government is trying to weaken or eliminate sanctuaries established or expanded in the last 10 years.  My guest, Jennifer Savage, is California Policy Manager for Surfrider Foundation, one of the grassroots non-profits leading the resistance to the Trump Administration’s current efforts to expand offshore oil drilling off the coast of California and elsewhere.


Jennifer Kalt / Humboldt Baykeeper

In the 1980s, Northern Californians won a hard-fought battle over offshore oil drilling along our coast. And though we thought national marine sanctuaries protected these areas forever, the federal government is trying to weaken or eliminate sanctuaries established or expanded in the last 10 years.  My guest, Jennifer Savage, is California Policy Manager for Surfrider Foundation, one of the grassroots non-profits leading the resistance to the Trump Administration’s current efforts to expand offshore oil drilling off the coast of California and elsewhere.


Jen Kalt

How does Humboldt Bay juggle its roles as a working waterfront, a recreational attraction, a cultural area, hunting ground, and wildlife habitat?

Outgoing Harbor Commissioner Mike Wilson talks to Jennifer Kalt, Director of Humboldt Baykeeper, about his time with the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District

The EcoNews Report is presented by the Northcoast Environmental Center.


Should fish-eaters be worried about eating ling cod? HumboldtBaykeeper is about to begin a study of mercury in certain Humboldt fish populations. Meanwhile, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is advising citizens in the Montery Bay area that certain local fish populations contain high levels of mercury and PCBs.

Fred Evenson of the Ecological Rights Foundation and EcoNews Report host Jennifer Kalt (Director of Humboldt Baykeeper) discussed mercury in fish in Monterey's Elkhorn Slough, where a fish advisory was recently issued to protect human health.