From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group: 

Port of Humboldt Bay, yes…but what about the rest of the Bay?

Eureka–The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group’s monthly luncheon will host Bob Gearheart, emeritus professor of environmental engineering at Humboldt State University Wednesday, January 29.  Dr. Gearheart is involved with Arcata’s Marsh that serves as a sewage treatment plant, a recreation area, and a wildlife sanctuary and aquaculture project.

The Working Group’s monthly lunch program has been focused on the development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an international seaport. During 2018, the presentations were directed to envisioning the Harbor as an international seaport. Last year in 2019, the presentations were dedicated to learning what can be done to make it happen.  This year the presentations will be dedicated to advance making it happen…except for this month’s presentation that will be about the part of the Bay outside the Harbor’s immediate Port area.

During the past 120 years Humboldt Bay’s shoreline has been developed for industrial, commercial, agricultural, and residential uses significantly decreasing the size of the Bay.  It is believed that before development began the Bay covered 27,000 acres.  Reclamation projects reduced the Bay to 17,000 acres.

Dr. Gearheart will be presenting current thoughts as to what the issues are—the challenges and opportunities—related to the “other part” of the Bay.

Meatloaf will be on the menu for this month’s luncheon. The Group’s luncheons are held on the last Wednesday of each month.  The luncheon is a “no host” event at $16, and soup and salad is available for $12.  Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.

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