History of Friends of the Arcata Marsh
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History of Friends Of the Arcata Marsh

Fundraising efforts for what became Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) started in 1987 after the City of Arcata won a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation "Innovations in Government" awards program. The award was in recognition of the successful creation of an appropriate wastewater reuse system and wetland restoration area in the City of Arcata. The City of Arcata decided to put the $100,000 award towards the construction of the Interpretive Center. FOAM was founded in part to help facilitate the construction of the center. FOAM raised an additional $56,000 towards the Interpretive Center, which was completed in 1993.

Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center

Figure 1. Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center. (Dr. Poppendieck 2008)

Since its founding in 1989, FOAM has a history of community outreach and other events. Table 1 is a timeline of some of the notable events in Friends of the Arcata Marsh history.

Table 1. Friends of the Arcata Marsh Community Events

1989 Friends of the Arcata Marsh was incorporated as a non-profit organization with the goal of raising scientific awareness and knowledge about the reuse of wastewater. The organization is ran by a board of directors comprised of citizens of Humboldt County. Funds for FAOM are generated through donations, memberships dues, fundraisers, and grants.
1991 Quarterly newsletter Upwind first published. Upwind is still published and is available free at the Interpretive Center and mailed to memebers.
1993 Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center (Figure 1) completed and opened for the public. The funds to build the Interpretive Center were raised by a fund raiser that received $56,000.
1998 Wetlands on Wheels (WOW) started. The Wetlands on Wheels is a mobile learning center that travels to elementary schools in Humboldt County. This classroom-to-classroom instruction goes on during the spring. The students are taught and entertained with activities that focus on the Arcata Marsh and the process of wastewater treatment.
1999 Started hosting monthly art show at the Interpretive Center.
2000 Sponsored "Native Plant Day."
Thanksgiving morning walk initiated by Art Barab.
2001 Monday night lecture series launched at Interpretive Center.
2002 FOAM was selected by California Division of American Automobile Association to receive proceeds from its Great Battery Roundup. Over 9,200 batteries were turned in which earned FOAM $14,000. This money was used to fund WOW.
2004 Humboldt State University students researching topics related to the Arcata Marsh were given financial support from FOAM. This financial support was extended to students at College of the Redwoods in 2006.
FOAM cosponsored student bird art contest with Redwood Region Audubon Society. Winning art was displayed at Godwit Days Festival.
2006 Began awarding $50 to the best project related to wetlands at the Humboldt County Science Fair.