14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Golden Poppy Arcata Marsh
A Golden Poppy aka a California Poppy missing a petal and showing off it's inner stem along a trail at the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Arcata Marsh is an innovative wastewater treatment plant is an example of a community's involvement in environmental politics, innovative uses of land, and applications of appropriate technology in a small urban community.
By integrating conventional wastewater treatment with the natural processes of constructed wetlands, Arcata has succeeded in turning wastewater into a resource. It is over 300 acres and home to more than 315 birds along with skunks, river otters and a variety of wildflowers.
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||May 14, 2016, 11:59 p.m.