Keeping Informed with NEC and Baykeeper

Though not always the most exciting topics in the news, our local infrastructure and planning are extremely important in conserving and protecting our natural as well as human environments. Volunteers of the NEC and BayKeeper work tirelessly to wade through long documents and attend public meetings and hearings on the behalf of our community. Here are some recent posts regarding the Humbold 101 corridor, Humboldt Bay Harbor Dredging and Sea Level Rise. Thank you for all of the hard work and information!

Get ready for Coastal Cleanup Day!!

The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) organizes a number of events, but the Coastal Cleanup Day is one of the easiest and most rewarding events.  Please check out NorCal Beach Clean Initiative for things you can do every day to keep our beaches clean as well.  We finally "Adopted a Block" and will pick up cigarette butts around our block and pick up receptacles that they provide us.  @norcalbeachclean @your_nec

"Coastal cleanups are important for our beaches, rivers, estuaries and our local coastal environment. Human beings have continuously degraded those habitats for all life forms, including plants and animals with their wasteful, trashy ways.

Our North Coast coastline is one of California’s biggest assets, whether it be for recreation, production, water, or life; all of this depends on the health of our watersheds, beaches and coastal environment. It is predicted that by 2050 plastic and trash will outnumber fish in the ocean. If the public keeps polluting these ecosystems, it isn’t just humans that suffer the consequences, but the entire ecosystem. Wildlife frequently mistake debris as food and it has become an increasing trend to find marine life with stomachs full of plastic. Another common occurrence is to find animals entangled in derelict fishing gear or trash.

We need coastal cleanups not only to clean up our beaches and help our wildlife, but to show our representatives what type of trash and how much trash is washing up on our beaches. Knowing what and how much waste is washing up on our beaches helps us to get local ordinances and even legislation passed that can help reduce the amount of trash entering our oceans. We have been able to show our representatives and the manufactures that we do not want products that are damaging the environment in our day to day lives. We hope that with this wave of eco-consumerism we will be able to effect change to create a more environmentally conscious community.

The Northcoast Environmental Center got their start in beach cleanups with the Beach Beautification Project in 1979. Within the first nine days of the program over 2,300 pounds of debris were removed from Humboldt County beaches, and by the end of the first year over 34,000 pounds had been picked up along 110 miles of Humboldt coastline. The California Coastal Commission estimates that over 20 million pounds of trash have been picked up over the past 35 years statewide. We continue this tradition through our Adopt-A-Beach program, Coastal Cleanup Day and various other beach cleanups."

Discovering Local Blog Sites

Our area is full of amazing naturalists, artists and writers.  We will be adding some of these links to our "Get Involved" tab.  For now, here are a couple of blogs with beautiful photos and a plethora of fascinating information.  Inspiring and Motivational work. 


Anthony Westkamper's entomological adventures (HUMBUG) on Sundays is a wonderful way to get acquainted for our local insect species.  Here is a recent post on butterflies and wasps.

 Mike Kelly writes about his adventures as a fish/marine biologist on the coasts of Northern California and all of the biological treasures he finds along the shoreline (WASHED UP) in Humboldt which is also on the North Coast Journal. 

Both of these can be found by selecting the "Life and Outdoors" section of the North Coast Journal.