Summer Member Letter

Dear Friends, You have all seen drastic changes taking place in our world. Locally, we are watching coho disappear from our community forever. Current damages to the Eel River watershed like illegal diversions, sediment discharges, and pesticide runoff are all adding up towards ruin. We must put a stop to these current and future impacts. … Read more

Coho vs. Pinot

In July, roughly 1,000 rural Sonoma County residents overflowed classrooms and small meeting chambers at five informational sessions convened by the State Water Resources Control Board. It would be hard to exaggerate many attendees’ outrage. At one meeting, two men got in a fistfight over whether to be “respectful” to the state and federal officials … Read more

California Takes New Approach on Water Regulation for Pot Farms

“The coho salmon (populations) have been pushed to the brink by logging,” Greacen said. “But they’re being pushed over the brink by weed.” The California Department of Fish and Wildlife helicopter circled over steep timberland in Humboldt County’s coastal mountains, prowling for potential water diversions and environmental damage caused by what is arguably the state’s … Read more

State Assessing Contaminated Water Infiltration to Scotia Drinking Water

State agencies are currently assessing potential impacts to Scotia’s drinking water system after three separate incidents at the Humboldt Redwood Company sawmill caused water contaminated with woody materials to infiltrate into the town’s drinking water system on the Eel River. Other than an unpalatable taste, odor and a slight golden tinge, Scotia’s drinking water was … Read more

'Fish, Flows and Marijuana Grows': Live-Blogging Senator McGuire's Hearing Examining Impacts of Marijuana Grows on State's Fisheries

“In our fourth year of this historic drought, we have to find ways to protect our fisheries from the impacts of the driest years on record, and the devastating impacts of rogue marijuana grows. The combination of the drought and rogue grows have resulted in unprecedented damage to our state’s watersheds, they have put endangered … Read more

California Cannabis Voice Humboldt Unveils Land Use Ordinance

This afternoon, with an impassioned presentation outside the Humboldt County Courthouse, leaders of the political action group California Cannabis Voice-Humboldt (CCVH) unveiled a proposed land use ordinance aimed at regulating marijuana cultivation throughout the county’s unincorporated areas. …local environmental leaders remain skeptical about the ordinance and the process through which it has developed. One of … Read more

Blue-Green Algae Comes Early This Year; Local Health Pros Give Tips on How to Avoid the Stuff

Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services press release: Environmental Health officials with the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) are issuing an early warning this year to recreational users of all bodies of fresh water to avoid contact with algae. Historically, algae warnings come out between late July and early … Read more

PBS Newhour: Are Marijuana Growers Sucking California Dry?

Spencer Michaels of PBS NewsHour discusses low flows in the Eel River and the relationship with cannabis and grape farmers.Scott Greacen is interviewed and asked about the impact of low flows on fish and wildlife, May 2015 Read more about the growing culture of cannabis farming from PBS Newshour TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: California’s drought has forced … Read more

Farm Bureaus Jump into Supreme Court High-Speed Rail Case

A case before the California Supreme Court over a freight railroad in the northwestern reaches of the state has drawn the attention of agricultural organizations in the central San Joaquin Valley, but not because they have a particular stake in trains running through Santa Rosa, Ukiah and Eureka. The Farm Bureaus in Madera and Merced counties last … Read more