North Coast News

Toxin again an issue as crab season nears

Nov 7, 2017 at 12:40pm

According to test results from the California Department of Public Health, elevated levels of domoic acid have shown up in samples of Dungeness crab collected in recent weeks at several North Coast ports.    The agency said it’s too soon to say whether domoic acid will delay the commercial Dungeness fishery, due to open Nov. 15.

Lowest number of chinook on record return to Klamath River

Nov 7, 2017 at 12:40pm

This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok tribe, which has lived along and fished the Klamath for centuries. Salmon is integral to their entire culture and way of life, essential to Yurok ceremonies, for food, and for income.

Tribes respond to “Takings” court ruling

Nov 7, 2017 at 12:42pm

After 15 years of litigation, culminating in a lengthy trial last January that brought over 25 Klamath Project water users to Washington, D.C., the United Stated Court of Federal Claims judge hearing the “Takings Case” ruled in favor of the United States. The water users sought just compensation for taking of their water rights in 2001 when the United States reallocated irrigation water to threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Judge Marian Blank Horn’s 75 page opinion, which was filed on Sept. 29, concluded that, “The government’s actions in 2001, did not, therefore, constitute a taking of these plaintiffs’ property under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution or effect an impairment of their rights under the Klamath Compact.”

Yurok Tribe says Klamath River is extremely sick

Oct 5, 2017 at 5:00pm

The extremely elevated levels of a liver-damaging toxin in the Lower Klamath River is a symptom of a pervasive problem that has far-reaching implications. “The Klamath River is extremely sick,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Algae are a clear indicator of poor water quality, which negatively affects the salmon population and the ecosystem as a whole. It’s frustrating that even with this year’s above-average rainfall and snowpack, the river conditions are still compromised.” The Yurok Tribe Environmental Program, during its weekly water quality tests on September 12 and 13, detected record-breaking levels of microcystin, a contaminant emitted by a toxic algal species called Microcystis aeruginosa. The test results contained 10 to 30 times more of the toxin than common health standards deem safe and were the highest since testing began in 2006.

Siskiyou County residents concerned their voice isn’t heard

Nov 7, 2017 at 12:42pm

Residents along the Klamath river in Siskiyou county heard from representatives from the Klamath River Renewal Corporation and a representative from the Bureau of Reclamation. Representatives of the removal project and Siskiyou County Supervisors held an informational hearing about the removal project. Residents and supervisors are largely against the project and are concerned that they aren’t being listened to. “And I don’t mean this in an offensive way, but I feel as though Siskiyou County is just talking to thin air,” addressed county supervisor Michael Kobseff. Residents are worried that the dams removal would affect tribal burial grounds along the river, sediment being washed downstream, and seasonal flooding were concerns that residents brought to the project’s representatives.

Garberville Sanitary District considers putting cannabis grows on different water meter

Nov 7, 2017 at 12:43pm

The Garberville Sanitary District Board of Directors bid farewell to a resigned board member and discussed preliminary plans to put cannabis cultivators on a separate water meter from other commercial and residential uses.

Water Board releases approved Integrated 303 (d) Report

Nov 7, 2017 at 12:46pm

The State Water Board has combined ints 303(d) List and the 305(b) Report into the 2014 and 2016 Integrated Report.

New online library offers free access to CA water information

Nov 7, 2017 at 12:44pm

The new California Water Library is available online, providing a resource to keep up on state water issues. A vast database of water reports, research, and articles is being made available to the public, free of charge.

Forest restoration projects could create billions in new revenue

Jul 19, 2017 at 2:35pm

Nearly 5 billion acres of degraded and deforested land awaits restoration worldwide. As the economy surrounding landscape restoration, the New Restoration Economy, continues to develop, prospective investors are intrigued by the financial returns restoration projects can deliver. Investing in landscape restoration may seem different from buying a bond or trading stocks online, but the fundamental structure is the same. Restoration projects, like conventional investments, also generate both income and capital gains.

North Coast Soil Health Hub

Aug 10, 2017 at 6:53pm

MENDOCINO, NAPA and SONOMA county farmers and partners are working together as the North Coast Soil Health Hub, and are part of the larger California Farmer-to Farmer Soil Health Network. SOIL HEALTH HUBS are agriculturally focused networks that address region specific needs, successes and challenges. Regional hubs are focused on specific needs for specific crops, soils, climate, land management practices, and marketing. SOILHUB.ORG is the on-line home for the new HUB. Visit the website for events, news, research, and anecdotes related to soil health, farming practices, and soil carbon sequestration in Northern California. Take the SOIL HEALTH SURVEY to help us shape the North Coast Soil Health Hub’s services and programs. We want to hear from you! Tell us what you are already doing in the vineyard to improve soil health, and tell us what you want to learn more about!

EPA Oks limits on mercury in California waters

Aug 10, 2017 at 6:54pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the approval of new water quality criteria for mercury in California waters. The new rules, developed by the State Water Resources Control Board, set mercury limits in fish tissue to protect human health and aquatic-dependent wildlife. New protections also have been added for tribal cultural use and subsistence fishing.

Carbon Farming: California Focus on soil to meet climate, water goals

Aug 10, 2017 at 6:55pm

A pioneering program in California aims to sequester carbon, improve water resources and boost plant growth, by treating the soil beneath farmers’ and ranchers’ feet as part of a living system.