You know what we like? When the private sector and private citizens steps up for the environment. Tune in today at noon to learn about a new, simple, and consistent way to keep our bay cleaner.
PacOut Green Team is a group of avid outdoors people in Humboldt County, CA. It was founded by Tim Haywood (aka SUP Man) and it's dedicated to keeping the places where we play free of litter and debris. We get together every Saturday at different locations around the county to remove as much litter as possible.Typically our weekly cleanups are 60 minutes long. We understand that people have lives and that time is limited for most people.Prizes supplied by Pacific Outfitters are awarded to cleanup volunteers every week, and everyone is encouraged to join us.Action: Next cleanup event: Saturday, March 8, 8:30am until 10:00am, Samoa Bridges
Arcatans are estimated to use about four million single-use plastic bags annually. After last night, that number should drop dramatically.
In a 5-0 decision, the city council decided to adopt a bag ordinance that prohibits those plastic carryout bags found at grocery stores and restaurants.
"We're really happy that Humboldt Waste Management did our EIR (enviromental impact report) and made it available for everyone in the county to use," said Alex Stillman, Arcata City Councilmember. "And we're looking forward to adopting it, and also the county considering adopting it so that we can, as a coastal city and coastal county, eliminate plastic bags from our environment."
Arcata's bag ban goes into effect in February 2014, Stillman said. Starting in August, the city will mandate a ten-cent charge on paper bags.
Plastic bags don't biodegrade. Instead, they get shredded into smaller and smaller pieces until they work their way into the food chain. "There are places in the ocean where you find more particles of plastic than plankton," said Humboldt Baykeeper's Jessica Hall. "This is the single most popular issue when we post this on our Facebook page," she said. "This is the thing people have really, really responded too."
Though Stillman said she'd been eyeing a bag ordinance for Arcata since her reelection in 2006, Hall notes that this is the first plastic bag ban in Humboldt county. In addition to the city staff, Hall added that "Humboldt Waste Management Authority also gets a big high five for putting this on the table in the first place and I'd also like to thank our partners in the environmental community and the community members themselves."
Now's as good a time as ever to enjoy Australian comedian Tim Minchin's epic anthem.
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 @ 12:05 p.m. / Environment
The bay is closed for food harvest due to a sewage spill in Arcata. City of Arcata's Eric Lust filled in the details for KHUM listeners. He says over 1,000 gallons are estimated to have entered Arcata Bay last week, and officials are awaiting lab results before giving the go-ahead to local oyster farmers.
In addition to having spill sensors, Arcata relies on citizen tips.
The City of Arcata has implemented a Sewer Overflow Reporting Program. By promptly reporting an overflow, the City is able to minimize the impact to the environment. To report a sewer back-up or overflow, please call the Environmental Services Department at 707-822-8184. After hours, call the after-hours emergency number at 822-2424.
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 10:55 a.m. / Environment