Research has been an integral part of the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facility since its inception in 1949. Within the parameters of government funding, the staff at the plant are always looking to maximize treatment efficiency, using the least amount of energy possible in order to meet the standard of current government regulation.
The changes in the treatment facility have accelerated in the past years in order to meet new and improved water policies. Evolving wastewater regulations along with inquisitive students and faculty at Humboldt State University (HSU) creates a ideal setting for research.
Research extends beyond finding the most cost effective methods to reach greater treatment levels. There are also experiments being performed to monitor the environmental impacts of effluent discharged to Humboldt Bay, including its surrounding wetlands and wildlife.