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09/16/2005: :: Urban Archaeology

Arcata Marsh: Remediation In Action
from City of Arcata

As you may know from my investigations into Sawin's Pond, I have an appreciation for wetlands. Here in Arcata, the City took an abandoned wharf, lumber mill, and landfill, and turned it into a wastewater treatment facility and educational marsh area. The Arcata Marsh is an amazing place, with miles of trails winding around a huge wetland area that has been returned to its almost natural state and is used in the treatment of the wastewater of Arcata. It is really an innovative solution to several important problems, but might be hard to replicate in other places that have built on their wetland areas.