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  • Oct 15 Urban sustainability news: It looks like the pandemic is helping us to move our business into the streets - and killing the urban car along the way [1]
  • Sep 30 Climate news: Has the world started to take climate change fight seriously? [2]
  • Sep 25 California news: Global warming driving California wildfire trends say scientists [3]
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Aerial view of the marsh.
The Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant is responsible for the treatment of the sewage for the city of Arcata. The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the system that cleans our waste in preparation to be released back into the water cycle. The system as a whole is the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant personnel maintain 11 wastewater pump stations as well as all of the equipment, motors, and pumps associated with the plant. They also are responsible for the operation and maintenance, of the 55 acres of oxidation ponds and 154 acres of treatment and enhancement marshes. The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is a constructed wetland and is part of the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant. This use of constructed wetlands is what separates the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant from other Wastewater Treatment Plants. The first treatment plant was built in 1946 and discharged unchlorinated primary treated wastewater into the bay.

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The Spring 2017 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with Zane Middle School to design and build sustainable and educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-8 STEAM education at their Eureka, CA location.

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James Hansen

A global tipping point will be reached in 10 years [2016] if levels of greenhouse gases like methane and CO2 are not reduced. Global warming at this point becomes unstoppable.

— James Hansen
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