KHUM's look at the waterways of Humboldt County. From recreation to restoration, Jessica Hall and Mike Dronkers host this weekly segment. Airs 12 p.m. Wednesdays on 104.3 and 104.7 FM, KHUM.
• (Thursday, Jan. 29) Crescent City Makes Serious Waterfront Progress
The Crescent City Harbor District's Charlie Helms talks about the new bike trail and why CC is America's most Tsunami-proofed harbor.
• (Thursday, Jan. 8) Oil Extraction In The Colorado Headwaters
Filmmaker Jennifer Eckstrom explores what looks to be a colossally bad plan in her documentary “Last Rush for the Wild West.” It'll be screened tonight at the Arcata Theater, 6:30 pm.
• (Friday, Oct. 17, 2014) Cleaning Up Grow Sites
The NEC's Dan Ehresman, along with a coalition of volunteers and government agencies, trekked into the woods to clean up some trespass grows. What they found was not good.
• (Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014) Bag Ban Might Actually Happen
Surfrider's legal director Angela Howe discusses how, seemingly suddenly, California is on the cusp of landmark antiwaste legislation.
• (Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014) Turns Out We Were Wrong About Stormwater
Justin Boyes and Jessica Hall explain why keeping rainwater runoff close to where it fell is a win/win for builders and bees.
• (Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014) Throw Some Statues In The Ocean And See What Happens
Marcy Cravat, director of Angel Azul, joined Jen & Mike to talk about her stunning documentary.
• (Friday, July 11, 2014) Free Boat Rides, Because the NEC Is Buying
Jasmin Segura of the NEC/Baykeeper wants to get you on a motorboat or kayak or whatever. Who cares. It's free! Guest host Dan Ehresman presides.
• (Wednesday, June 4, 2014) These Bay Swimmers Sound Totally Sane
Today's Coastal Currents topic is the Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl, a 4.5-mile swim from the Coast Guard Station to Woodley Island Marina on July 13. We'll check in with Taylor Daniels and Sarah Green, swimmers and co-organizers for the event.
• (Wednesday, May 21, 2014) “A Cow Crossing The Sahara”
Dr. John Chapman is a rare bird: he's a scientist BUT he's a good communicator. He was also magnificently wrong about boat-bound critters surviving the quake-induced voyage from Japan to North America. These stray craft and their accidental passengers, pulled out to sea by the tsunami, are landing on North American shores at the rate of almost one a day. But now what? Chapman explains.
• (Wednesday, April 23, 2014) Jared Huffman Is Displeased With Other Drought Bills
Rep. Jared Huffman doesn't think current drought-management bills serve our district very well. And he's probably a pretty boring web surfer, too.
• (Wednesday, April 9, 2014) Underwater Photographer Richard Salas
The legendary photographer is coming to town.
• (Wednesday, March 19, 2014) Friend Request Of The Dunes
Carol Vander Meer & Suzie Fortner, known dune friends, invite you to clear out your garage, rip out some invasives, and get educated on wildlife. Not all at once, of course.
• (Wednesday, March 5, 2014) In Case You Didn't Read Those Studies, Sonar Testing Adversely Affects Sea Life
Michael Jasny of the Natural Resources Council updates us on the Navy's sonar testing, and why wildlife advocates oppose it.
• (Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014) Sounds Of The Sands At Night
Learn how to identify the nocturnal noises in the dunes on January 28th. Hear the difference between an Northern Red-Legged and Pacific Chorus frogs on today's show.
• (Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014) Radiation Debunked, Billboard Dunked
So your kooky uncle keeps posting on Facebook that the west coast is getting fried by Fukushima radiation. Sure, he was right about aliens living beneath Mt. Shasta, but is he right about this? Also, Jen Savage questions the legality of the billboards on the safety corridor, but unlike some vandal(s), she did NOT chop one down.
• (Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013) Cleaning Liscom Slough
One guy. 17 years. A mountain of garbage.
• (Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013) Coast Guard's Big Wave Boater
Victoria Taylor is one of the most decorated coxswains in the Coast Guard.
• (Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013) Chasing Orcæ
Local whale chaser Jeff Jacobsen dishes on these exceptionally intelligent animals.
• (Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013) Lost Coast/King Range Usage Reduction
Coastal Currents presents a one-sided discussion (thanks a lot, gov't shutdown) about the BLM's proposed rules for the wild and windy King Range. If you wanted to, say, spend three weeks on the Lost Coast, listen up. Wes Smith of Surfrider explains.
• (Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013) Arcata vs. Plastic Bags
Arcata is about to pour less garbage into the Pacific, maybe.
• (Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013) Guess What They Paid For The Pulp Mill
The Humboldt Bay Harbor District has acquired the old pulp mill in Samoa. How much? Why? Jack Crider answers these questions and more.
• (Wednesday, July 10, 2013) #SwimmableCA, Kayaking The LA River, On A Boat
This might be a Coastal Currents record: most content in least amount of time. Dip in!
• (Wednesday, June 26, 2013) Sculpting Sand
Carol Vander Meer, Executive Director of Friends Of The Dunes joins us for Coastal Currents to talk about the upcoming Sand Sculpture event; Jessica Hall also discuss a recent meeting regarding the proposed East-West railroad.
• (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) Learn To Row/Green Slime Mystery
You want to learn to row? The Humboldt Bay Rowing Association is way down, despite those boats' lack of cupholders.
• (Wednesday, May 15, 2013) Get On A Boat
Vanessa Vasquez of Humboldt Baykeeper wants you to take what is rightfully yours: a free boat ride on the long, blue watery road that is Humboldt Bay.
• (Wednesday, May 1, 2013) Buried Urban Creeks See Daylight Again
Described as a “rock star” in the fluvial geomorphology, Ann Riley literally wrote the book on urban creek restoration.
• (Wednesday, April 24, 2013) Humboldt Bay Outrigger Club
Luke Besmer and Neil Kalson of the fledgling Humboldt Bay Outrigger Club discuss the history of Polynesian travel and the club's boat.
• (Wednesday, March 27, 2013) How Much Is Too Much Poison?
Patty Clary of Californians For Alternative To Toxics reminds us that, in this time of gardening, try not to spray your children with Round Up.
• (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) Dock Of The Bay
The Harbor District's Dan Berman discusses those massive cement cubes that litter the bay and ocean shore.
• (Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013) Fortuna Creeks Project
A visit from local high schoolers proves inspiring.
• (Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013) Bird, Interrupted
Humboldt Bay Bald Eagle webcam! Monte Merrick, co-director of the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, explains what happens when a male bald eagle brings a stick up to the nest.
• (Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013) Arrested: Pete Nichols
Coastal Currents founding host Pete Nichols just got arrested in front of the White House protesting the Keystone Pipeline. He calls in after just having been sprung out.
• (Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013) Night Crossings: A Book About The Bar
Author Jon Humboldt Gates discusses his book “Night Crossings”, recounting harrowing true tales of rogue waves, poor visibility, and the entrance to Humboldt Bay.
• (Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013) On A Boat! [Center Activities Edition]
Center Activities at HSU is doing their best to give you something to do. Want to learn how to kiteboard? Never been sea kayaking? Need to rent a wetsuit for something? Today on Coastal Currents, Victoria Anweiler explains how.
• (Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013) Mussel Malaise
The county suggests you avoid those Mussels, because you can get violently ill on the double.
• (Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013) Mad River Alliance
Dave Feral (MRA) and Andrew Orahoske (EPIC) discuss some of the long-term challenges facing NoHum's main drinking-water source. Also, why are environmentalists asking us to power-use our tap water?
• (Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013) Geoengineering
Stanford's Dr. Ken Caldeira discusses our options if/when Earth is faced with a climate emergency.
• (Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012) Happy MPA Day
After years of process, the Marine Protected Areas are finally in effect. Ocean Conservancy's Jen Savage comments.
• (Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012) To Catch A Litterbug: NEC's Dan Ehresman
Guest host Jennifer Savage and NEC's Dan Ehresman discuss coastal cleanup efforts, Underwater Parks day, King Tides, and when, if ever, it's appropriate to use social media for environmental purposes.
• (Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012) Looking For Tsunami Debris
The movie “Ikkatsu” follows three kayakers traveling the roadless coast of the Olympic Peninsula, documenting the debris from the tsunami as it washes ashore on remote Northwest beaches. Kayaker/moviemaker Ken Cambpell talks about his journey. More info: http://khum.com/2012/dec/5/coastal-currents-tsunami-debris-exploration/
• (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012) When Plants Invade
Humboldt Bay has invasive plants attacking its marshes and dunes. Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge's Andrea Pickart explains why it matters while Mike learns that botany jokes are never successful.
• (Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012) Aquaculture, Jobs, And Hydroponics
A plan is emerging to build an on-shore seafood ranch on the Samoa peninsula that aims to create jobs, take the pressure off our native fisheries, remove greenhouse gas from the air, and grow some vegetables. This is a real thing, and it's moving forward.
• (Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012) King Tide / Waterworld Preview
So these ultra-high tides we're seeing this week are a glimpse into sea-level rise, which looks like a total pain in the ass financially and environmentally.
• (Friday, Nov. 2, 2012) The Mystery Of The Disappearing River
Scott Greacen from Friends of the Eel and Jessical Hall from Humboldt Baykeeper look at mysteriously low flows in the Eel. Could agriculture upstream really be diverting that much water?
• (Friday, Oct. 19, 2012) A Little Bit Of Kickass
During the week of the Clean Water Act's 40th Birthday, we meet Humboldt Baykeeper's new executive director, Jessica Hall. Admittedly, she has a “little bit of kickass” in her. Watch out, polluters.
• (Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012) NWS' Preferred Nomenclature, Dude
The National Weather Service is shedding arcane ocean-forecasting terminology for clearer, more useful nomenclature in its daily reports. Will mariners abide by the new changes? NWS' Troy Niccolini explains.
• (Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012) HSU Biodiversity Conference
Bobby Shearer and Vanessa Vasquez discuss this weekend's free nature conference at Humboldt State.
• (Saturday, July 28, 2012) Paddling the Six Rivers
Episode from 7/18/12 - - Explore Six Rivers paddlers are finishing up their journey this Sunday. - Juvenile Brown Pelicans and fish oil - Brent Whitner from Humboldt Waste Management Authority updates us on the Single-use plastic bag ban in Humboldt
• (Wednesday, July 25, 2012) EIR of Your Surf Session
Researcher Tobias Schultz of Sustainable Surf discusses the environmental impact of the surfing lifestyle and Beth Werner reveals her genetic identity.
• (Wednesday, July 11, 2012) Bay [t]rail, Plan It Green Conference, & Crescent City Harbor Breaks Ground In Water
Beth Werner checks in from yet another government meeting in which she and other trail advocates are in the bizarre position of having to prove how sensible a bay trail could be. Larry Goldberg previews the 2012 Plan It Green conference and discusses Humboldt's strengths and weaknesses for future changes. Beth talks about the Crescent City harbor and it's post-tsunami progress.
• (Wednesday, July 4, 2012) Two Years After BP, Oil Still Washing Up In The Gulf
Casi Calloway of Mobile Baykeeper shares her thoughts on the Restore Act, BP's current activities, and the unparalleled softness of Alabama's beach sand. Beth reminds us all to bring a garbage bag to the beach for fireworks cleanup.
• (Wednesday, June 6, 2012) MLPA: Rounding Third
Ocean Conservancy's Jennifer Savage discusses today's make-or-break Marine Life Protection Act meeting just minutes before it commences. Will NorCal's unified voice be formally heard by Fish & Game? Baykeeper's Beth Werner high-fives the Eureka City Council for getting started on a new bay trail. Ocean Night and the Sand Sculpture Festival are enthusiastically plugged.
• (Wednesday, May 16, 2012) Waterfront Trail Update, + Cleanupdates
Eureka City Council is faced with an easy decision to put a multi-purpose trail along another stretch of Eureka waterfront. Will they do it? Also, sin-absolvement opportunities abound for recovering littererbugs.
• (Wednesday, March 28, 2012) Tsunami Test: What It Do
Troy Niccolini of the National Weather Service walks through the machinations of today's Tsunami Warning Test. What worked, what didn't, and how to help improve the system.
• (Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012) Prey Tell
Local marine biologist Adam Brown has been tagging & tracking Great White Sharks on the north coast & around the world. Turns out, they're in some surprisingly inconvenient places for people. Also, he addresses the claim that sharks are attracted to human urine.
• (Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012) Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Crabbing (But Were Afraid To Ask)
A crash course in our local crab fisheries, led by Humboldt Bay Harbor District Harbor District conservation biologist Dan Berman. Why was the season delayed? How important is crabbing to Humboldt Bay's harbor? Can it be sustained? Why can you only eat the legs of crab?
• (Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012) Saving Widow White Creek
Jen Kalt exalts the people working to fix McKinleyville's Widow White Creek. Much of its watershed is in “dense urban” development. As such, it no longer hosts spawning Coho, Steelhead, or Cutthroat. Between HSU's “all star” restoration expert Allison Purcell-O'Dowd, heavy lifting by RCAA, and monitoring by Humboldt Baykeeper, Widow White Creek is on a path to its former glory. Deadhead Bonus Points: Find out if Beth Werner or Jen Kalt are familiar with “The Phil Zone.”
• (Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011) A Day Without (Disposable) Bags
Arcata uses three to five MILLION plastic bags a year? What the what?! Today's Coastal Currents featured Humboldt Baykeeper's Vanessa Vasquez and Humboldt Surfrider's MJ Mazurek. Tomorrow is Day Without a (disposable) Bag. From 11AM – 1PM, Humblodt Baykeeper and Surfrider will have tables at four grocery stores in Humboldt asking shoppers to forgo disposable bags. According to an HSU study: “The amount of energy used for 3,000,000 bags is equal to over 1,000 one way trips to San Francisco in a 2010 Chevy Tahoe.”
• (Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011) Annie & Mary Rail
Cliff and Emily talk with Merrit Perry about progress and challenges on the Annie And Mary Rail Trail
• (Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011) Save The Leatherbacks
Chuck DeWitt of Humboldt Baykeeper and Project Tortuga invites you, the do-gooding, sun-loving, turtle enthusiast south of the border for a good cause. project-tortuga.org
• (Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011) Safety Corridor Of Broken Dreams
So, the Safety Corridor isn't safe enough, which means CalTrans has to fix it with stoplights and an overpass, which means they have a plan that might kinda smash some bayside marsh turf and disenfranchise the bike community. Right?
• (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011) Photos On The Radio
Charles “Flip” Nicklin is giving a presentation tonight at the Van Duzer Theater. Widely regarded as the world’s leading cetacean photographer, Flip Nicklin grew up around his father’s small dive shop on the California coast. He went on to become National Geographic’s premiere whale photographer and marine mammal specialist. Over the last quarter century Flip has photographed more than thirty species of whales and dolphins, some so endangered their very survival is in question. In 2001 he co-founded Whale Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education.
• (Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011) Up Close To The Whale
HSU professor Dawn Goley & her students were with the Klamath whale almost daily since June. She talks frankly about the recovery effort, the calf, the whale's final hours, and lessons learned.
• (Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011) Clean Water Act II: The Gutting
So, what's Mike Thompson's view on maybe exempting pesticide usage near public waterways from the Clean Water Act? Also, and any chance we could maybe exempt logging road sediment from the Clean Water Act, too? Find out if Beth Werner can persuade a lazy DJ to write to Senator Boxer.
• (Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011) For Those About To Rock
Camel Rock/Houda Point: CCC, Surfrider Humboldt, & Trinidad Coastal Land Trust were about to mortar a new patio during their improvement jamboree. Mysteriously, the requisite rocks vanished, & with them the dreams of a boffo place for a sunset picnic. The rocks really would've tied the patio together, & TCLT just wants them back, please.
• (Wednesday, July 27, 2011) Pete Nichols' Legacy
Pete & Mike wax nostalgic on Pete's tenure with Coastal Currents/Humboldt Baykeeper while HR changes the alarm codes & burns his security badge. Have times changed in the seven years since Baykeeper launched? Do people finally care about dioxin or know what “MLPA” stands for? What will Pete do for the Waterkeeper alliance? BONUS: find out who Pete (a redhead) thinks is the most attractive (non-Pete) redhead.
• (Wednesday, July 13, 2011) Mad River Rights
HBMWD prez/non-hippie Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Baykeeper's Beth Werner discuss renewed outside interested in Mad River Water. (Engineering note: KSB's phone is distorted for the first minute, then fixed. Our bad.)
• (Monday, July 11, 2011) Happy World Oceans Day
Baykeeper's Beth Werner updates us on the MLPA process, the proposed Styrofoam ban, and Baykeeper boat rides!