Algae Warning Issued in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties

Press release from Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services: Typically, algae warnings come out between late July and early August, coinciding with low flows and sustained high temperatures in the inland areas. These factors, coupled with drought conditions, may cause blue-green algae to grow earlier than usual. Human activities can have a big … Read more

Eel River Action Plan

A four-year effort by a coalition of diverse stakeholders along California’s third largest river, the Eel River, recently culminated in the completion of a new plan aimed at restoring the watershed’s once thriving fish runs and ecosystems. The plan’s creation was headed by the environmental nonprofit organization CalTrout’s Northern California Program Manager Darren Mierau in … Read more

As The Green Rush Explodes in Rural Neighborhoods, Conflicts Grow and a Community Calls a Meeting

Rural watersheds across the Emerald Counties feel the strain as the Green Rush has exploded this last decade. Marijuana gardens are growing bigger and more remote properties are converting to cannabis farms. Pam Walker, a dispatcher for Southern Trinity Area Rescue and a resident of the Bridgeville area, along with many other residents, wants to understand … Read more

Imagery Unlocks an Unexpected View of California’s Drought

Climate had little to do with the research, but it emerged as a telling factor after UO geologist Joshua Roering and postdoctoral researcher Georgie Bennett found themselves confused by new landslide data they had gathered. In the project, Bennett had merged data from on-the-ground measurements, aerial photography, satellite imagery and satellite-radar imaging of 98 landslide … Read more

Too Much Weed! Cannabis Applications Making Planning Staff Sick and Must Be Paused, Management Says

Senior staff with County of Humboldt’s planning and building department say that experienced planners are falling physically ill and preparing to flee the department due to the “untenable level of stress” placed on them by the county’s new commercial cannabis ordinance. They say that the amount of staff time sucked up by the ordinance has … Read more

Hydroelectric Power Officials Bemoan Federal Regulations

WASHINGTON Federal burdens dampen California’s hydroelectric power potential, PG&E and Turlock Irrigation District officials told lawmakers Tuesday. They were preaching to the Capitol Hill choir. Summoned by House Republicans who hope to unleash more of what they called a “clean, renewable and domestic energy resource,” the two California utilities’ representatives described a regulatory thicket that … Read more

Shot Up and Shut Down

It’s a rare warm day in late February, a full month before spring is officially declared, and the pastures are yellow with mustard blossoms, and the Eel River is surging beneath the concrete arches of Fernbridge