Natural Resources and Science
News articles ranging from water and energy issues, and restoration projects to science and technology are found here.
The energy company, PacificCorp, has plans to conduct algaecide experiments in the Klamath River this summer. Additionally, gold miners have found a way to get around the law banning suction dredge mining, and Native American tribes and environmental acitivists are rallying to stop both practices.
The player below contains a news piece submitted by News Correspondent Eric Black. The story aired on the KMUD Local News on June 17, 2013.
An additional story, submitted by Eric Black on low water flows in the Klamath River, can be heard using the player below. This piece aired on the KMUD Local News Mon., June 24, 2013.
- PacifiCorp-Draft Technical Report, "2012 Localized Treatment of Copco Cove in Copco Reservoir Using Environmentally Safe Algaecide"
Ben Schill (see photo above), a 70 year-old retired carpenter, handiman and local historian, from Phillipsville, is on a mission to restore the Wailaki Languge. The Native-American Wailaki people lived along the Eel River in an area that now lies in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties.
Schill gave a presentation at a Southern Humboldt Working Together (SHWT) meeting on Wed., June 5, 2013. A short part of Schill's presentation was aired in a story about him on the KMUD Local News, Wed., June 19, 2013.
Use the player below to hear the entire presentation by Ben Schill. The Audio was recorded by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell. Note: the first few words of the presentation were not recorded.
The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) has filed a suit to challenge the actions of officials in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to fund, administer, and operate the Trinity River fish hatchery on the Trinity River in northern California. The Trinity River fish hatchery (shown in the photo above) is located on Highway 299; 24 miles west of Redding. Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit.
Use the player below to hear more on this story in a report submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Dan Young. This piece aired on the KMUD Local News Fri., June 14, 2013.
In the Photo above, CHP Officer Pierman and a Mendocino County Sheriff confer with the demonstrators about their well being and discuss their plans around the lock down.
Work at the Caltrans Willits Bypass project was once again delayed when it was discovered that two protesters, Jamie Chevalier and Travis Jochimsen, had used metal lockboxes to lock themselves to a wick drain augur, a tool used in the process of draining the wetland area along the bypass construction site. The two were locked to the augur for around five hours before they were arrested -see photos below. Photos on this page are by Ree Slocum Photography.
Use the player to hear more on this story in a piece aired on Mon, May 20, 2013, by KMUD News Correspondent Christina Aanestad. The audio clip begins with an interview with Sarah Grusky of Save Our Little Lake Valley.
Protest of Willits Bypass Project planned-update; Willits Bypass slowing down-new audio included
Senator Evans says Caltrans needs to consider alternatives to Willits Bypass-Caltrans Response
Willits Bypass tree-sitters extracted by CHP
Arrests at Willits Bypass site
Farm group challenges environmental review of Willits Bypass Project
Caltrans Willits Bypass Web Page
Save Little Lake Valley
Around 6 am this morning, Jamie Chevalier (Photo Left) and Travis Jochimsen (photo right) locked down in a black bear device on the wick drain boom brought in by Caltrans.
The subject of impact on wildlife species due to rodenticide use in marijuana grows is in the news again as Second District Supervisor, Estelle Fennell, sponsored a resolution to discourage their use. Although not strictly a ban the resolution, which was approved unanimously, is hoped to influence business owners to take rodenticides off their shelves and to discourage consumers from using them.
A letter from Reckitt Benckiser, the company that the manufactures d-CON rodenticide products, dated the same day the board approved the resolution, urged the Board of Supervisors to, "...conduct a review of the scientific evidence surrounding the use of rodenticides, and to consider the serious unintended consequences of encouraging local businesses to restrict the sale of these products." Click here for a pdf copy of this letter.
Using the player below you can hear more on this story in a piece submitted by Daniel Mintz and aired on KMUD Local News on Tues., May 14, 2013.
Previous related KMUD News Posts:
"Southern Humboldt businesses take rat poison off shelves"
"New lawsuit targets rat poison regulation"
"See Biologist Mourad Gabriel- Pot and Endangered Wildlife-Sept. 27 Arcata"
"Groups call for ban on rat poisons"