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In January, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required new limitations on some of the most dangerous rat poisons to protect families but left loopholes that will still leave wildlife at risk.
The Center for Biological Diversity previously reported that recent research concludes that rat poisons have been implicated in deaths involving at least 25 different species of animals in California. And last February, the CBD submitted a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to, "...protect the endangered San Joaquin kit fox, golden eagle, Pacific fisher and other wildlife from unintended poisonings from “super-toxic” rat poisons."
According to KMUD News,"Rat Poison disappeared off of some Southern Humboldt shelves this month...other stores continue to sell the second generation anti-coagulant."
More can be heard on this story using the player below. This report was submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Travis Turner, and was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson on Mon., April 15, 2013.
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According to a the 2011 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Humboldt Creamery in Fortuna made up 30% of the total toxic release in Humboldt County. The releases were in the form of nitrates as a by product of its milk manufacturing process.
According to Wikipedia, The Humboldt Creamery was established in 1929 as a local association of 152 dairy farms and, until 2009, creamery production was based on 50 small family dairies located in both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Wikipedia futher states that, "It was one of only two dairy operations in the United States to have 'free-farmed' certification, a designation related to the extraordinary quality of life attributed to cows who live in pastures."
After experiencing financial problems and a scandal following the resignation of CEO Rich Ghilarducci, bankruptcy was filed and the assets of the Humboldt Creamery were sold at auction on August 27, 2009 to Foster Farms Dairy. Click here to see the Northcoast Journal article on this story.
Use the player below to hear a report on the toxic release, submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Dan Young. This piece was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Friday, April 12, 2013.
Water is necessary for the existence of our species, as well as other life forms on our planet. An article in the Huffington Post, titled, "Water Wars? Here in the US?", uses the term "peak water" to describe the coming water crisis, while a post in Aljazeera.com, states that, "...almost half of humanity will face water scarcity by 2030."
Focusing on water issues in our local area, the third Annual Water Day was held at the Mateel Community Center in Redway on March 30, 2013. This all-day event was sponsored by the Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) and co-sponsored by a dozen other environmental non-profits.
Kmud News recorded the event and is bringing highlights from the day's offerings of presentations and panels.
Use the player below to hear a report from Water Day, submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Eric Black, and aired on the KMUD Local News on Mon., April 8, 2013. The piece includes information from a presentation by Tasha McKee (Sanctuary Forest) and ideas offered by Sungnome Madrone of the Mattole Salmon Group.
The player below hosts an audio report submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Eileen Russell and includes highlights from a presentation on Algae Blooms in the Eel River by Keith Bouma-Gregson from the UC Berkeley, Mary Power Lab; Survey work done by the Eel River Recovery Project, presented by Pat Higgins ERRP Volunteer Coordinator; and toxic algae monitoring discussed by Paul Domanchuk (ERRP Toxic Algae Team). The report was aired by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, on Wed., April 3, 2013.
Photos below show (top to bottom) Tasha McKee doing her presentation; morning panel - (left to right) Sara Schremmer (HSU/SRF), Tasha Mckee (Sancutary Forest), Sungnome Madrone (Mattole Salmon Group), Larry Desmond (Mendocino Water Works), Andrew Orahoske (EPIC); Morning WDIII Audience.
Whitethorn weather spotter and KMUD News correspondent, Cheryl Albritten, has compiled rainfall data for March for 2011 through 2013.
Confrontation escalated this morning, April 2, 2013, between those protesting the Caltrans Willits Bypass Project and California Highway Patrol Officers, the agency charged with safety and enforcement at the project site. Using CHP SWAT Officers trained in climbing techniques, the tree-sitter known as Warbler, who was also engaged in a hunger strike, was removed from high in the tree that she has occupied for over two months. Additional tree-sitters were extracted by the CHP team later in the day.
In response to today's removal of Willit's Bypass Project protestors, by the California Highway Patrol, California Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued a statement which can be read below.
Use the player below to hear details on this story in a piece aired on the KMUD Local News on Tues., April, 2, 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson.
For more information, photos and video see the Save Little Lake Valley web site: http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org
California State Senator Evans' Statement, dated April 2, 2013:
CHP was deployed to remove the protestors of the Willits Bypass Project just hours before I was set to meet with the director of Caltrans to have my questions answered. According to some reports, protestors in trees were extracted by CHP using "rubber bullets", and that CHP officers significantly outnumbered protestors.
I am shocked and dismayed at what seems to be an excessive use of force on unarmed protestors.
Thus far, I feel Caltrans and CHP have been slow to respond to my questions and quick to act regarding the Bypass Project.
It also was extremely disturbing to learn that the press was excluded from observing the removal of the protestors.
I had asked to be kept informed on a daily basis prior to any extraordinary action on this project as I represent the 1.3 million Californians living in the Second Senate District where this project is taking place. Regretfully that did not happen today.
I met today with Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty to express my dismay at today's events. I have additionally requested an immediate meeting with CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow.
I urge everyone to remain calm and for protestors to remain peaceful in their opposition.
Photo below shows Warbler in her perch in March-Photo from Save Little Lake Valley Web Site.
Photo below provided by Jennifer Poole shows the remains of the Warbler tree-sit.