Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM)

Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) is a non-profit organization who for the last twenty years has advanced knowledge and educated the public about treatment and reuse of wastewater. The Friends of the Arcata Marsh mission statement is:

"The purpose of the FOAM (Friends of the Arcata Marsh) is to stimulate understanding of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, its relationship with Arcata's integrated wastewater treatment system, the surrounding watersheds and bay, and their link with the earth's water cycle. FOAM is a non-profit organization contracted by the City of Arcata to provide this information to the public."

The Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center (Figure 1) is owned by the City of Arcata and staffed by a naturalist supplemented by FOAM volunteers. FOAM volunteers at the Interpretive Center assist in educating the public through wetland and wastewater treatment plant tours (FOAM 2008). The Interpretive Center facilitates learning experiences through interactive exhibits and art exhibits for over 15,000 visitors per year. Whether it be a group of Buddhist nuns from Japan, elderly scientists from Paris, middle-aged birders from Switzerland, or local elementary school children, all come to experience the enrichment that the Arcata Marsh has to offer. (FOAM 2008)

Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center

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