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Richardson’s Grove, Salmon Collapse, Tsunami Drill (Updated with guests) – March 20, 2008

It’s called the Richardson’s Grove Improvement Project. But whether or not it constitutes an improvement or destruction depends on who you talk to.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) bills it as a way to allow standard-sized (bigger) trucks through the Redwood Curtain to “help local businesses stay competitive.” There’s a wealth of data at the Caltrans site to fill you in on the details, including hot big truck porn.

So, since it’s good for the economy, this project will likely sail through unopposed… right.

Actually – and this may comes as a shock to you – no. The Richardson’s Grove Improvement Project is seen as anything but that to opponents. These include environmentalists and those with businesses dependent on passenger cars.

No need to replicate all the back-and-forth here. Our March 20 show will feature the project’s designers, advocates and critics.

Guest for the main segment are:

Julie East, Public Information Officer, Caltrans

Vince Thomas, director of Logistics and Distribution, Sun Valley Group (Studio)

Scott Greacen, executive director, The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

Our first segment will be on the collapse of salmon stocks along the West Coast. Our guest is Eric Chavez, Natural Resources Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries

Our third segment will be on next week’s tsunami drill. Our guest is Troy Nicolini, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA

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The California Ocean Protection Council, Klamath River, NWFZ&P Committee – November 1, 2007

The California Ocean Protection Council met in Eureka recently. Among other things, it discussed protected zones off limits to fishing, the Klamath River andgood old Humboldt Bay.

It’s nice to know that there is a state agency that concerns itself with the well-being of the ocean. We often hear that “We know less about our own oceans than we do about outer space.” But how true can that be? We don’t even know what some of the most basic, defining aspects of the universe – dark matter and dark energy – are. Since we don’t know what we don’t know, we don’t know how much we don’t know. So that statement seems a bit flip. Which is not to say that the oceans aren’t mysterious. The sea, she holds many secrets… arrrgh. Oh, sorry, lapsed into Pirate there for a sec. But seriously, that might be why the COPC has undertaken a mapping project, plus other research.

It’s good to know that we’re endeavoring to better understand the ocean next door, especially since, like every other resource available to humanity, we seem to have beaten the thing to within an inch of its life with resource extraction and waste dumping without even really understanding how it works. Because that’s the other thing we hear all the time – that the oceans are dying.

So take heart, because three Western governors have undertaken a new initiative to better understand and protect the oceans. They even have a new Action Plan!

Our guest for the Nov. 1 KHUM Humboldt Review will be Drew Bohan, executive policy officer for the California Ocean Protection Council. We’ll talk about the council’s major initiatives and role in protecting the environment.

We’ll also discuss the fortunes and forecast for the always-controversial Klamath River, guest TBA.

Other topics are firming up. Possible updates through the day.

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