On Dec. 14, 2016, the Arcata City Council held a 3-hour study session focused entirely on sea level rise: what’s at risk and what can be done to prepare. The City Council gave staff direction to develop a robust public process, including neighborhood meetings to inform residents and to elicit public input. The City Council also raised questions about the plan for a $40 million upgrade to the Wastewater Treatment Facility, asking staff to study options and estimate costs for moving the facility to higher ground. 



A second study session is scheduled for Monday, February 6 at 5:30 pm at the Arcata City Council Chambers. This session will further discuss adaptation strategies for low-lying areas, including the City’s wastewater treatment facility, and how best to engage the public. 



This is an opportunity to learn about which areas of the city are most at risk and various approaches to adapt to future changes to our shoreline as the sea rises. We need Humboldt residents to urge a path forward that protects our communities by using the best available science on sea level rise. We cannot afford to develop with a best-case scenario in mind, particularly as we are more vulnerable to sea level rise than many other places on the California coast. 


What: Arcata City Council Study Session on Sea Level Rise Planning

When: Monday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 pm

Where: Council Chambers, Arcata City Hall, 736 F Street, Arcata


Photo: Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facilty during a King Tide, Dec. 14, 2016, taken by Rich Ridenhour.