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Coastal Cleanup Day has been a major volunteer event in Humboldt County for 38 years. It is the largest volunteer event in support of the marine environment worldwide and occurred this past Saturday.

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Tom Wheeler talks to Rick Tolley about a benefit art show upstairs at Umpqua Bank in Arcata that includes work from Karuk youth paintouts, art safaris, and Orleans elementary schoolkids.  The artwork benefits the Mid Klamath Watershed Council.

Also, Rob Diperna with EPIC talks about the Paris Accord, and potential strategies to sidestep America's withdrawal from it. 


EcoNews Report: State of Salmonids

Jun 1, 2017

Salmonids in California have been struggling for decades and this study suggests 75% of California salmonids are likely to go extinct in the next century.

Friends of the Eel River's Executive Director Scott Greacen and Admin Director Alicia Hamann discuss the State of Salmonids Report just published by California Trout and UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

“MPAs are one part of the management tool box….they serve as an insurance policy for fisheries, potentially enhancing some reproductive output, but also giving us an idea of what does an un-fished system look like so we can better ground truth our management models,” Eric Bjorkstedt, NMFS Fisheries Oceanographer and Adjunct Dept. of Fisheries Biology at HSU told the EcoNew’s Reports Delia Bense-Kang.

Bense-Kang talks with researchers Ian Kelmartin, Katherin Osborn, and Eric Bjorkstedt, about their MPA Baseline Monitoring projects.  

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"So a professor, and environmentalist, and a fisherman walk into a bar... " That's how host Tom Wheeler opens this salmon-focused episode of the EcoNews Report.

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Have you seen a rhino on 101? 

Matt Meyer of RhinoRide.org tells Tom Wheeler that he's not a cyclist. He is, however, a safari guide and conservationist who says that a rhino is poached once every 8 hours. 

He's towing  this sculpture by bike down the west coast, which he says is "home to some of the most intense illicit wildlife trade in the US."

In this episode, Wheeler drops a pop quiz on Meyer as they discuss the plight of the rhino. [Click for video]

EcoNews Report: Railroad Blues

May 4, 2017

Scott Greacen and Alicia Hamann of Friends of the Eel River discuss long-term threats to the Eel River. Friends of the Eel River's case challenging the North Coast Railroad Authority comes before the California Supreme Court this week – and the Eel River dams are now up for federal relicensing. Meanwhile, Scott attended a dedication ceremony last weekend for the project that will restore fish passage to Woodman Creek blocked by construction of the railroad a century ago.


Darren Speece, author of "Defending Giants," talks about his new book on the Redwood Wars with the director of EPIC, Environmental Protection Information Center.

Looking at the Redwood Wars, Speece offers lessons for the current environmental movement.


 Marine mammalogist Dr. Dawn Goley is the director of the HSU Marine Mammal Stranding Program, which responds to reports of dead stranded marine mammals from the public and regularly monitors beaches for stranded marine mammals in Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties. The program has documented several uncommon whale and dolphin species, sea turtles, and two sea otters in the last twenty years, and serves as an early warning system for catastrophic events like the California sea lion die-off in the past two years.


EcoNews Report: MPA Collaborative and Underwater Parks

Mar 23, 2017
Delia Bense-Kang

Underwater parks, called Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), are important for the protection and improvement of our ocean's health. The MPA Collaborative Network began from a grassroots stakeholder driven effort. Delia Bense-Kang, MPA Coordinator with the NEC, talks with Calla Allison, Director of the MPA Collaborative Network, about how the network was started, current projects, and what the future holds. This unique network is a shining example of how local expertise can provide guidance at a statewide level.


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Bob Doran

Supporters of an east/west railway line are trying again to gain traction for their ideas. The project, however, would involve serious ecological and social costs. Larry Glass (Executive Director of the NEC, and SAFE representative) and Tom Wheeler (Executive Director of EPIC) discuss these issues and the proposed feasibility study for an east/west railroad connecting Tehama and Humboldt. The Trinity County Transportation Commission recently rejected a grant from CalTrans to study the proposed rail line.


Our Children's Trust

  Essential natural resources, such as clean air and water, are held in trust by sovereign governments on behalf of its citizens. Youth around the country and around the world are taking the fight for a stable climate future to the courts using groundbreaking litigation and the Public Trust Doctrine.  Andrea Rogers, Senior Staff Attorney with  Our Children's Trust, and Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), discuss what it means for resources to be in the "public trust", climate change, and why youth are fighting for their futures. 
 


Mikal Jakubal (used with permission)

Humans like to think of landscapes—including our man-made structures—as immutable, unchanging backdrops to our lives. Now and then, however, we're reminded that even our greatest works are powerless against the forces of nature. Scott Greacen, Director of Friends of the Eel River, talks with Mikal Jakubal, long-time activist and filmmaker, about recent damage at the Oroville Dam and how those events shed light on broader questions about aging dams and flood-control infrastructure.


EcoNews Report: Moving toward Zero Waste

Feb 23, 2017

  Zero Waste is a goal and a plan. Locally, Zero Waste Humboldt (ZWH) takes on challenges in progressing toward a Zero Waste future. Alec Howard, ZWH board member, discusses the Zero Waste Action Plan Draft, pedal powered composting, and how to live a zero waste lifestyle. Hosted by Delia Bense-Kang, MPA Coordinator for the Northcoast Environmental Center and Chair of Humboldt Surfrider. 


Things are looking up slightly for Californian wolves, making a handful of appearances within state lines after a 90-year absence. "Before Europeans arrived there were an estimated two million wolves ranging all across North America, "Amaroq Weiss tells Tom Wheeler, Program Coordinator at EPIC.

Eel River: Jen Kalt / Darren Mireau - CalTrout.org

"Almost a century ago, the Eel River was celebrated as one of the best fly-fishing rivers in California, " says Scott Greacen, Director of Friends of the Eel River. As the FERC relicensing process begins for PG&E's Potter Valley dam, Darren Mierau, Regional Director of California Trout talks with Greacen about their new campaign to educate its members about the Eel River's potential. 

Bob Rowen

The Humboldt Bay nuclear power plant generated local electricity for 13 years, but has taken 40 years and almost $1B to decommission. "Bad things were beginning to happen at that plant," recalls Bob Rowen, a former Marine-turned-nuclear control technician at the King Salmon facility. Rowen talks with Jennifer Kalt, Director of Humboldt Baykeeper

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"Returning the California condor to the Pacific Northwest is part of the YurokTribe’s obligation to heal the world," says the Tribe's website.

Since 2003, the Yurok Tribe has endeavored to bring one of California's most iconic birds back to the North Coast. 

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"You never see anything else growing within an English Ivy patch," says ecologist Stassia Samuels. She helps eradicate the invasive species, which impacts wildlife up and down the food chain. "The Spotted Owl is dependent upon rodents who live on the forest floor ... and when you have ivy crowding that out - they can't see them."


"We think there are some issues with the decision ... that could be easily reversible under a Trump administration," says Pete Nichols of Waterkeeper Alliance.

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"We're looking at the symptoms of an abused Russian River watershed,  and then using the Eel River to mop it up," says David Keller of Friends of the Eel River.


If you're an environmentalist, you may be trying to digest what the Trump administration will do. 

"The tea leaves don't look good, in terms of the people that are closest to him, "says Tom Wheeler of EPIC.

Jennifer Kalt, Director of Humboldt Baykeeper, hosts a discussion of what the Trump presidency might look like from an environmental standpoint.