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. Presented by the Northcoast Environmental Center, publisher of our bioregion's environmental newspaper, EcoNews. The EcoNews Report features a rotating cast of representatives from our member groups. 

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Regular hosts include: 

  • Jennifer Kalt - Humboldt Baykeeper
  • Scott Greacen - Friends of the Eel River
  • Delia Bense-Kang - Northcoast Environmental Center
  • Tom Wheeler - Environmental Protection Information Center

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

Katie Whiteside

Congressman Jared Huffman stopped by KHSU to talk with Econews Report's Tom Wheeler of EPIC.

“The way it should work, there should be a constructive friction between the parties as we try to get things done and we listen to each other. When that system works we eventually find common ground and that’s not happening right now,” says Huffman during his interview. 


 Science has often been overlooked or dismissed in the political arena. Given the current climate in Washington, it is imperative that scientists and non-scientists alike fight for, and demand, that policies affecting the environment, health, and well-being of our society be science-based and supported with facts.

 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.


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.


Larry Glass
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.


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.


  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. 


Science is under attack in Washington, D.C. Here in Arcata, we value science, facts, and science-based evidence. Whether you value health and medicine, public safety in tsunami zones, or protecting endangered species, science is critical in developing public policy. Geologist and HSU Lecturer Jay Patton talks with Humboldt Baykeeper Director Jennifer Kalt about science, facts, how to recognize pseudoscience or “alt-facts,” and why science is a cornerstone of public policy.


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

The EcoNews Report is presented by the Northcoast Environmental Center


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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."


US Fish & Wildlife Service

"The dam removal requires a Clean Water Act permit, so these are hearings by the Water Board that will be considered when they write the permit for dam removal," says Craig Tucker with the Karuk Tribe.

Tucker discusses these upcoming dam removal hearings (Jan. 12 in Arcata) with host Scott Greacon.


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"The Seabird Protection Network is a multi-organization collaborative that works together to reduce human disturbance to seabirds," says Leisyka Parrot with the Bureau of Land Management. She and HSU Wildlife's Dan Barton talk to Delia Bense-Kang, MPA Coordinator at the NEC, about minimizing our impact on marine wildlife.

The EcoNews Report is presented by the Northcoast Environmental Center

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