EcoNews Report

Thursdays 1:30PM-2PM

Timely interviews on environmental issues that matter most on the North Coast and our bioregion, along with news and information on upcoming meetings, hikes and events. The EcoNews Report features a rotating cast of representatives from local environmental groups. 

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Regular hosts include: 

  • Jennifer Kalt - Humboldt Baykeeper
  • Scott Greacen - Friends of the Eel River
  • Anne Maher - Northcoast Environmental Center
  • Tom Wheeler - Environmental Protection Information Center
  • George Ziminsky - Friends of the Arcata Marsh

The EcoNews Report has aired on KHSU for over 35 years - the longest running public affairs show on the station. Engineered by Fred McLaughlin. 

Alex Milan Tracy

Pete Nichols talks to Waterkeeper Alliance Senior Organizer Lesley Adams about a fracked gas pipeline that would trample farms, ranches, and tribal lands to reach a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. The proposed 229-mile pipeline would impact more than 400 waterways, including the Rogue, Umpqua, and Klamath Rivers. The LNG terminal would be one of the largest climate polluters in the state. 


Victory in Court for Klamath Salmon

May 3, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

"Rivers carry more than just water – they also carry sediment which is very important to a river’s function and its ability to naturally regulate itself from diseases."

The NO-GO Road 30 Years Later

Apr 26, 2018
Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium

This April marked the 30th anniversary of the GO Road. A road originally scheduled to run from Gasquet to Orleans (hence the name G-O) in order to permit timber harvesting and other resource extraction in the Six Rivers National Forest, it would have run through high country land sacred to members from the Karuk, Tolowa, and Yurok tribes. The story of the road and why it was never finished is has become infamous. 

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.


Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Stephanie Tidwell, Friends of the Eel River Executive Director, and Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director, discuss new and proposed state legislation and how it may effect the Eel River.

California legislators passed SB 92 and AB 1270, both of which provide greater oversight of California dams. AB 1270 requires annual inspections of high hazard dams - those were loss of life is likely in the event of dam failure, and even makes some information from inspections part of the public record. If these new procedures raise red flags about the safety of Scott Dam on the Eel River, we will know the system is on the right track.

Stephanie and Scott also discuss Friends of the Eel River's cautious optimism for Mike McGuire's proposed Great Redwood Trail Act, SB 1029. This bill seeks to resolve the longstanding issues with the Northcoast Railroad Authority and failed NW Pacific rail line, and to expand trail and recreational opportunities for the region. Tune in to hear about Friends of the Eel River's vision for the future of the Eel River Canyon.


Craig Strong

"The reason we count murrelets at sea is, of course, because in the forest they are flying around at really high speeds in the dawn or dusk and while you can see them and hear them there is no way you can get a handle on their populations", says Craig Strong of Crescent Coastal Research.

Ken Burton, wildlife biologist, Secretary of the Redwood Region Audubon Society, Friends of the Arcata Marsh docent, and author, interviews Strong on the status of Marbled Murrelet's on the north coast and his murrelet monitoring program.


John Abela, Flickr CC.

Titlow Hill has been the location of illegal and unpermitted activities for decades. From building roads to sub-dividing and selling parcels, the development in this area poses major risks to its environment, wildlife, and people. The site is about twelve miles west of Willow Creek and bounded by Highway 299, Titlow Hill Road/US Route 1, and upper Redwood Creek.


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.

How Can We Make the Redwoods More Inclusive?

Mar 8, 2018
Ruby Rodriguez / Latino Outdoors

Close your eyes and think of an "environmentalist." What do you see? If its an old white guy (probably with a beard and a walking stick), you are not alone! Environmentalism has a diversity problem. It's not that people of color don't care about the environment—polls show that they do, and at levels that surpass white people—but the environmental movement has not made space for their inclusion.

Scott Dam
Rob Badger / Friends of the Eel River

Tune in for a discussion of the fate of the Eel River dams that highlights more questions than answers.

Pacific Gas and Electric made headlines last week when they announced, during the Eel Russian River Commission (ERRC) meeting, their intention to sell or surrender the Eel River dams. The Commission then began a discussion of how to expand their charter to meet the requirements of obtaining and running the Eel River dams, without admitting any intention to actually acquire the dams. They told the public they have a plan, but won't tell us what it is for.

Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen question what is really going on, and why Humboldt County representatives like Estelle Fennell appear to be acting against the public's best interest.


Untrakdrover via Wikimedia Commons

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

Jesse Palmer / Flickr

Mercer-Fraser, an engineering company based out of Eureka, is proposing the construction of a 5,000-square-foot cannabis manufacturing facility at their property on the Mad River near Glendale. The site is immediately upstream from Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s intake wells, which provide drinking water for 88,000 residents of Humboldt County. If the project is approved, drinking water for 2/3 of Humboldt County’s residents could be impaired.

Humboldt's Most Elusive Critter

Feb 8, 2018
USFWS

With less than 100 individuals left in California, the Humboldt marten is one of the state's most endangered species. While it once haunted the coastal forests from Oregon to Santa Cruz, the Humboldt marten is now restricted to a small patch of Six Rivers National Forest.

The Importance of Baseline and Cumulative Effects

Feb 1, 2018
Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment

"This is where we get to the idea of cumulative effects - how do we ensure that the watershed remains capable of supporting salmon and steelhead and other species that we need and frankly have an obligation to."

Klamath Dam Removal in its First Stages

Jan 25, 2018
Matt Baun, Flickr / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Klamath dams have been a source of debate and controversy on the North Coast for decades. In 2016, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation was tasked with gaining ownership and removal of four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River. Dave Meurer, Community Liaison for KRRC, discusses the history of the Klamath dams, how they ended up in the hands of KRRC, and how the process of their removal will continue.

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. 


Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Jan 4, 2018
Scott Greacen

Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen discuss rising tides, climate change, and Friends of the Eel River's on-going legal battle with the North Coast Railroad Authority. Scott and Stephanie discuss the fight between state and federal law in the Trump era and the struggle to secure environmental protections at the state and local level.

Sarah Duffy / Northcoast Environmental Center Intern

“This is really a political move, I believe”, states Oregon representative Pam Marsh. In early December, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released his National Monument review, describing his recommendations for Monuments such as Bears Ears and the Cascade-Siskiyou, resulting in an unprecedented National Monument cutback. Ecologist Evan Frost and Oregon State representative Pam Marsh discuss the politics and ecological impacts of the Trump administration’s decision.

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. 


Abrupt Abolition of Restoration Oversight Group

Dec 7, 2017
Dustin Revel

Scott Greacen, Conservation Director for Friends of the Eel River, hosts this episode about the abrupt abolition of the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG). TAMWG was a federal advisory committee made up of local landowners, scientists, and business owners who provided oversight for the Trinity River Restoration Program. The decision to dissolve the committee appears to have come from high level Department of Interior officials.

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