HBI General Meeting Notes 6/28/14

Humboldt Bay Initiative Meeting Notes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

9:00 – 11:00 am

Conference Room, US Fish & Wildlife Office, Arcata


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Update onthe Humboldt Bay Vertical Reference project – presentation by Cascadia GeoSciences
  • HBI Next Steps
  • HBI Partner News and Updates

Update on the Humboldt Bay Vertical Reference Project – Jay Patton

The presentation can be found here: http://www.hbv.cascadiageo.org/?page_id=32

Also, all data and reports are posted here when they become available.

Tectonics controls local sea level, and accurate measurement of local land elevation in the Humboldt Bay area and understanding land movements is required for forecasting for future SLR.


High precision leveling of bench marks, tide gages and comparing to ESLR.

Historic & Temp tide gage locations:

  • Mad river Slough and Hookton Slough – temp sites up (Jeff Anderson and Cascadia, respectively)
  • North spit, Samoa, and Fields Landing are other sites.

Future tide gage locations:

  • Trinidad Pier with CenCoos. To be installed in July 2014; level survey also in July 2014. This will be the only tide gage location between Mad River Slough and Crescent City, so this is an important site especially as Hum Bay is subsiding while Crescent City is experiences uplift. This will be a very useful for the model.

Next Step:

Tectonic modeling. Model of the crust that takes into account the properties of the crust, then fit model to tide gage and BM data.  Then prepare predictive model, will output a raster (10 or 30m) to give vertical land motion at that location. Project proposal is written but not funded. Submitted to NPLCC but not funded. Looking for funding this summer.


–          OPC funding – Rhea Williamson has been at the meetings in Sacramento; she will forward Jay some of these meeting minutes and RFP releases.

–          Centerville/Eel River – there are bench marks there, not shown in presentation. They weren’t examined in analysis by Reed Burgette (2012; Univ. of Oregon).  Jay hopes to get there with next proposal.

–          How to model crust – Cascadia GeoSciences will used an established model developed by USGS and published in peer-reviewed literature. The data has been collected; funding proposals are to fund running the model.

–          Problems with benchmarks: A benchmark may subside from sediment compaction – the benchmarks in bedrock will be given higher weight in the model over those in sediments. Also, sediment deposition isn’t accounted for – the tectonic model doesn’t include that aspect. The questions of deposition will need to be address separately, after this model is developed.

Cascadia will produce another report by the end of year.

HBI News and Updates

Jill and Becky are co-coordinating HBI with funding through Dec. 2014. They are working on creating a leadership structure for HBI through the Steering Committee and Work Groups and building a CEINC website that will host an HBI page. The website will integrate with an enewletter and it is hoped that the website will make meeting coordination a bit smoother.

HBI Partner News and Updates

Rhea Williamson, HSU Office of Research with Research Programs –

  •  HSU – recently submitted a USDA food safety grant
  • HSU is looking to partner and wants everyone to be clear that the indirect cost rate (IDC) is limited to the first $25,000 of any contractor’s amount.
  • MPA – HSU highly involved. Ongoing work for 3 year period.
  • Rhea attends OPC meeting in Sacramento. There is a big concern around MPA funding – current funding is only for 3 years of baseline monitoring. However, the OPC has been providing additional funding for other MPA after initial baseline monitoring. Rhea will keep attending this meeting top make sure that North Coast will continue to receive funding after initial infusion.
  • Rhea attended 41st Annual Fisheries Forum – (sponsored by Chesboro). Lot of conversation and presentations around drought and planning around regional drought. State Funding seems to be focused around drought, and drought response for fisheries protection.
  • Recently returned from NOAA’s Capitol Hill Oceans Week – Rhea will send link to the website. Very focused on SLR. Noted that NOAA has environmental literacy project fund.

Brian Tissot, HSU, Marine Lab Director

  • HSU has been recommended for NSF funding on ocean acidification. Will look at juvenile rockfish in the lab. Three year project. Will develop infrastructure that will help secure future lab-based projects.
  • Sea Grant proposal in yesterday to establish a mooring on the Trinidad line and update the PH sensor at Trinidad. This is the only site between Monterey and Newport.

Eric Nelson, USFWS, Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge.

  • Spartina eradication work on the Refuge
  • Working with Coastal Program on dune geomorphology. Need additionally funding an expansion for geographical scope (currently only on refuge). Need baseline data – topographic info (lidar and RTK) on dunes and veg transects. Andrea has talked to Sam F. with BLM to integrate some of the dunes from North Spit. Please contact Eric or Conor Shae if you have any funding ideas.
  • USGS Coastal Ecosystem Response to Climate Change (CERCC) will hold a 2 day workshop in Humboldt Bay in Sept. 15-16 or Oct. 2-3.

Becky Price-Hall, City of Trinidad, CEINC/HBI

  • Becky is working on drought issues under an extension of the watershed coordinator funding. She is interested in information about a public workshop.

Dave Fuller, BLM

  • BLM acquired Trinidad Lighthouse (on the oceanside of the head), finalizing paperwork with Coast Guard. Will be working with City and Tribe to develop a management plan, including public access. Will start the plan this fall.
  • Samoa – road improvements for safety and maintenance issues will occur this summer.
  • South Spit – pending Fed Highways Administration funding for re-doing the South Spit road. Next year if funding comes.
  • Lighthouse Ranch – looking to put out recreational amenities.

Conor Shea, USFWS Coastal Program

  • McDaniel’s Slough – Sedimentation and water quality (to determine salt water signal) monitoring. City of Arcata monitoring fish use. Juvenile Coho into McDaniels Slough.

Greg O’Connell, CNPS and SHN

  • Big Lagoon bog restoration and monitoring occurring through CNPS
  • Greg is interested in developing citizen science projects – one idea around eel grass monitoring

Brett Vivyan, GHD

  • Assisting with Caltrans climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning project. They have assessed the criticality of service and climate change factors to determine vulnerability. A pilot site for the adaptation phase for Humboldt County will be the 101 Arcata-Eureka Corridor.

Oona Smith, HCAOG

  • Oona has been keeping her eye on how the metropolitan areas in California are developing and implementing their Sustainable Community Strategies (required by Senate Bill 375).

Dan Berman, Director of Conservation, Humboldt Bay Harbor District

  • A hopper dredge has arrived in Humboldt Bay to pull up sand, which will be placed at an offshore site.
  • A cutterhead suction dredge has been purchased by the Harbor District. It is in dry dock at Fields Landing, and will operate in bay, permitting pending
  • Chevron fuel depot needs repair and maintenance – upcoming
  • Tide gate at Martin Slough to be replaced by NCRLT
  • Coast Seafoods recently submitted permit to expand on Humboldt Bay. In anticipation of this, the Harbor District is organizing agencies and key stakeholders into a scoping meeting – Dan’s hope is that they can develop a Humboldt Bay specific eel grass management plan. There isn’t one here, and NOAA applying the southern CA plan to Humboldt Bay.
  • APWG meeting – LCP updates from Cities of Arcata, Eureka, and County
  • Dan recently sample eel grass with CDFW. It was a sampling of fixed transect sites using SeaGrassNet monitoring standards. There may be some opportunities to continue this monitoring with Coast Seafood’s expansion requests. The monitoring used to happen seasonally, but now annually.

Rex Jackman, CalTrans

  • Rex does long-range transportation planning for the district.
  • Caltrans applied for grant on vulnerability and adaptation for Caltrans facilities and highways. Now at adaptation phase, which is 101 Arcata-Eureka Corridor.

Sharon Kahara, Pacific Coast Joint Venture and Humboldt State University

  • PCJV is an international group that creates local and regional partnerships for bird conservation.
  • Sharon and PCJV is particularly interested in SLR, eelgrass, marsh and mudflat migration and how to get information about habitat changes
  • PCJV – there is a new US coordinator and organizational overhaul. In the late summer or fall PCJV will hold a workshop and as major strategic partners like HBI about the challenges partners face for bird conservation.
  • In October – the full PCJV board and staff meeting will occur here – October 13-16.


Doreen Hansen, HCRCD

  • As part of the bay-wide invasive spatina eradication, she is targeting private landowners to get access to their land to field verify if spartina is there, then hopefully finding funds (from the State Coastal Conservancy?) to remove it. All but 2 landowners in the Mad River Slough agreed. Also targeting some areas near Braecut, but s of Jacoby Creek unit. Also some areas off of Old Arcata Road.
  • Working with CDFW on wildlife management areas in Hum Bay and Eel Rover that used to be managed for short grass for Aleutian Geese. Usually managed by grazing than cows, then removing cows prior to Aleutian Geese fly in. CDFW did an audit, found huge variation in grazing practices. Grazing now shut down until they can figure out plan to make sure the management is up to standards (Fay Sough, Riverside Ranch, Mad River Slough) – so not goose habitat. RCD hearing from landowners – private landowners worried about next season
  • Doreen is also working on drought issues– NRCS has info to private land owners
  • Salt River Phase 1 – 330 acre dairy transferred and recently constructed into estuary. First fish monitoring started in March. Coho juveniles showing up starting in first sample, also spotted two adult Coho.
  • Salt River Phase 2 – originally to excavate 5 miles of river, however issue with placing the 200,000 yards of sediment that would be generated. Project re-scoped to 1.2 miles, excavating started next week. This will link up one more tributary to Salt River.

Jill Demers, CEINC and HBI

  • Yesterday at the Adaptation Planning Working Group meeting there were a few announcements worth passing on.
  • There is a new AmeriCorp project focused on climate-related activities called Civic Spark. 4-8 post-undergraduates to be housed at Redwood Coast Energy Authority over the next 3 years, starting in Sept. They are available to work on projects for $18/hr. It sounds like Joel Gerwin at the State Coastal Conservancy may be able to provide some funding to help with this cost, especially if you have match. Proposals are due Aug 1; only a short paragraph with project idea and number of hours required. Contact Matthew at Redwood Coast Energy Authority for more info, or Joel Gerwin at SCC for info about possible match.
  • Joel Gerwin also let the APWP know that Humboldt has been selected as a Climate Resilience Pilot Program Area. The program is being developed by the Coastal Commission and Coastal Conservancy, so while we don’t know what this actually means yet, it may lead to increased funding and/or collaborations. A meeting was scheduled for today, and more information should be forthcoming.