Humboldt County’s timber industry legacy includes abandoned mill sites that can be contaminated with dioxins. Now, a former mill site between the cities of Arcata and Blue Lake is a priority case because it’s a potential threat to the drinking water of 88,000 county residents.
For many years, trail advocates have been looking at converting the unused railroad line that runs through California’s Mendocino and Humboldt counties. And now a decision by the agency that owns the rail corridor clears the way for the northern section of a 320-mile rail-to-trail path known as the Great Redwood Trail.
A Norwegian company is proposing to use an innovative technology to address long-standing environmental objections to salmon aquaculture. If it pans out, it could be a game-changer for the region's beleaguered fin-fish aquaculture industry.