Dr. Robert A. (Bob) Gearheart is an emeritus professor of Environmental Engineering at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California. He kindly gave a tour of the Arcata Marsh for those of us on the 2010 Journey of the Global ARC.
Dr. Gearheart earned a B.A. in Biology and Mathematics from the University of North Texas, and his M.S. and Ph. D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
In this Global ARC interview, Dr. Gearheart talks about his experience developing Arcata's Integrated Wetland and Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Arcata Marsh. The Arcata Marsh serves as a sewage treatment plant, a recreation area, a wildlife sanctuary and aquaculture project.
By integrating conventional wastewater treatment with the natural treatment processes of constructed wetlands Arcata has succeeded in turning its treated wastewater into a resource. The sanctuary includes 307 acres of freshwater marshes, salt marsh with tidal slough, grassy uplands, tidal mudflats, brackish marsh, 5.4 miles of walking and biking paths and an Interpretive Center that serve over 150.000 visitors every year. Learn more at: http://arcatamarshfriends.org/
Tierra Miguel Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization offering education programs to inform and educate on the value of local, sustainable agricultural practices and to demonstrate these practices on an 85-acre working produce farm. We aim to strengthen the connection between people and the source of their food.
On 8/2/2010 The Global ARC interviewed Angela H. Pozzi, the Executive Director of the Washed Ashore project. Angela orchestrates the construction of towering, aesthetically striking sculptures of marine life (made from plastic waste) that form a traveling exhibit of art and environmental education. An interdisciplinary environmental arts curriculum and a feature-length documentary accompany this work.
The exhibit also features a Styrofoam coral reef, a large walk-through plastic gyre (an enormous mobile which mimics the five worldwide gyres where plastic collects in the world's ocean) and an oil spill replica. Learn more at: http://www.washedashore.org