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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:32 PM

8. Our infrastructure needs to be updated--we need a new WPA for the 21st century!

The humanure movement:


We can create wetlands and gardens that break down raw sewage--and once again live in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth. Putting raw sewage in our waterways is such a waste of resources. I never understood why this movement didn't take off.

Like this:
The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Refuge lies at the edge of Humboldt Bay on California’s northern coast, a few blocks from the center of my adopted hometown, Arcata, population 17,000. It’s a rich habitat for creatures of all kinds, from aquatic worms to frogs to shorebirds, grebes, ducks, and pere-grine falcons. And sewage runs through it.

The waters that feed this lush wetlands flow out of Arcata’s municipal treatment plant, which uses conventional technologies, including settling tanks and oxidation ponds, to treat the town’s sewage. But unlike most cities, Arcata has also harnessed marsh plants and microbes to help clean its wastewater. Several treatment marshes, thick with cattails and bulrushes, filter wastewater that has already been through the conventional process before it passes into the wildlife refuge and then into Humboldt Bay. The creation of this system has improved the quality of the effluent released to the bay while restoring 154 acres of habitat vital to migratory birds and an array of other native species. The marsh is also a sanctuary for hikers, picnickers, and birders—though many of them don’t realize this bucolic spot has anything to do with sewage.


It is beyond time for us humans to put our bickering aside and get to work on our infrastructure...because THIS is something we actually have in common. There really is a lot of work to be done. Roads, railroads, bridges, sewage systems, green energy system, upgrading our electrical grid--WHY isn't this a priority?

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