After two rambling hearings on Dec. 10 and Jan. 7, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 (Lovelace dissenting) to approve the Halvorsen Quarry reclamation plan without adequate protections for water quality, fish habitat, and nesting bald eagles.
The quarry is adjacent to Rocky Creek, a coho-bearing tributary of Humboldt Bay. Rocky Creek’s lower reach—which was once low-gradient slough and wetland habitat before being diked off from the bay’s tidal influence—has recently been restored to support juvenile over-wintering coho and tidewater goby.
Humboldt Baykeeper and CalTrout appealed the Planning Commission’s approval after many of our concerns were ignored.
For the full article as it appeared in the Northcoast Environmental Center’s Feb/Mar EcoNews click here.