Supervisor's Candidate Questionnaire

NEC Supervisor's Questionnaire 2018, cover

A primary mission of the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) is to educate citizens of the North Coast regarding environmental issues.  This year, five candidates have declared their candidacies for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. The NEC believes it is important for the electorate to be informed regarding the position of candidates on important environmental issues. We hope you will find the questionnaire and responses helpful in your personal choices when voting in the election on June 5, 2018.



News from the Center


By Larry Glass and Bella Waters

Read an update on the appeal of Mercer Fraser’s controversial cannabis extraction lab project on the Mad River, info about the NEC's Supervisor's Candidate Questionnaire, and more about what the NEC is up to in the Apr/May EcoNews News from the Center.



Offshore Wind Energy Project Proprosed for Humboldt Coast 

A floating offshore wind turbine located  off Aqucadoura, Portugal.

By Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper

While the Trump Administration is proposing the first new offshore oil leases in California since 1969, the Humboldt Bay area may become the site of the first offshore wind energy project on the west coast of North America. Our local energy agency, Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), could soon become the first local government entity to apply for a commercial offshore wind lease from the federal government.

The pieces are quickly falling into place for RCEA to jointly submit a “lease bid” with an established offshore wind company for a pilot project 20-30 miles offshore that would include 10-15 floating wind turbines. Unlike land-based projects, this lease bid would be just the beginning of a series of studies and related permits that could culminate in project development in five to seven years.




Kin to the Earth: Aldaron Laird


By Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper

Aldaron Laird is well-known as a local sea level rise expert and environmental consultant, but his career began long before rising seas became a concern. I first began working with him on the Humboldt Bay King Tides Initiative in 2011, when he suggested that it would be a good way to turn the public’s attention to the bay during the annual extreme high tides that will soon be the norm.

An avid kayaker, hiker, and photographer, Laird is also known for his extensive knowledge of historical ecology and the complex regulatory framework that governs environmental protection and restoration. He is a long-time proponent of the Public Trust Doctrine, the ancient law adopted by California in 1850 that declared that no one can own the seashore, the air, the oceans, or navigable waterways—these public trust resources belong to all of us.






NEC's Earth Day beach cleanup at Samoa Beach April 22

Join the NEC for a beach cleanup on Earth Day - Sunday, April 22!
Meet at the Samoa power poles parking area at 10am. Coffee and bagels will be provided.
Click here to visit the Facebook event page for more info.



Humboldt County
4th & 5th District Supervisors Forum
May 10

All candidates for the upcoming Humboldt County 4th & 5th District Supervisors race (election is June 5th) have been invited to participate in a forum co-sponsored by the Humboldt-Del Norte Central Labor Council, North Coast People's Alliance, Cooperation Humboldt, Centro del Pueblo, Humboldt Move to Amend, True North, Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, the Northcoast Environmental Center, and Health Care for All Humboldt.
Click here to visit the Facebook event page.



May 11 NEC at Arts!Arcata at the Garden Gate 6-9pm




Group photo from the photo booth at the 2018 Spaghetti FUN(d)Raiser dinner.

The NEC's Spaghetti Dinner FUN(d)Raiser on March 24 was a success!
Visit our online gallery HERE to see photos!




NEC hats for sale!