Special Allowance for Floodplain Cannabis Lab Sought by Eureka-Based Mercer-Fraser

The proposed Mercer-Fraser cannabis extraction facility would be located on a 100-yr floodplain. Map: Humboldt County Web GIS.

By Jennifer Kalt

On January 17, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board (HBMWD) voted unanimously to appeal the Humboldt County Planning Commission’s approval of a cannabis extraction and manufacturing facility just upstream from the intakes for the drinking water supply for 88,000 Humboldt County residents. “Water quality is critical to this community. We have got to err on the side of protecting this water,” said Director Bruce Rupp.




Offshore Oil Development Plans Proposed

Platform Holly, an offshore oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara.

By Tom Wheeler

On January 4, 2018, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released a new proposal that would open nearly all offshore areas to new oil and gas development. Zinke’s draft plan would mandate 47 new offshore lease sales over the next five years, replacing a plan issued by the Obama administration that closed all new offshore oil development. Of the 47 sales, the draft plan directs that seven occur in California, with two off the Northern California coast, defined by the plan as the area starting around Point Arena in Mendocino County. e proposal is touted by Zinke as the “largest number of lease sales ever proposed.” Immediately, Zinke’s proposal came under attack.



Get to Know the Environmental Agency Players


By Dan Sealy

While a divided Congress has struggled to pass legislation to send to the President to achieve a conservative agenda, the current administration has been using executive powers to enact sweeping changes in environmental regulations, erase climate change from government priorities, assure budgets reflecting a partisan political agenda, and pave the way for increased fossil fuel extraction. The President’s appointments to agency leadership positions clearly indicate energy production as a priority over conservation. 

This article is the first in a series of portraits of the people in charge of protecting our environmental and public health.






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Saturday, March 24, 2018

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
at the Bayside Community Hall

Treat yourself and your family to a delicious spaghetti dinner including various sauces, organic salad, local bread, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. All proceeds benefit the Northcoast Environmental Center and our programs! 

Click here for more information or call us at 707-822-6918, or click here to buy advance tickets!



Carbon Nation - Ocean Night flyer

Join the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper, and Surfrider Humboldt for Ocean Night!

March 1 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge

Doors 6:30pm, film at 7pm




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