Local Author Sharon Levy Discusses the Arcata Marsh

Arcata Marsh CC Flickr Terrence McNally
Arcata Marsh CC Flickr Terrence McNally

George Zaminsky, Friends of the Arcata Marsh, interviews local science author Sharon Levy on her newly released book “The Marsh Builders: The Fight for Clean Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife”, which centers around the story of how citizens in 1970s Arcata fought for an alternative way to treat sewage that has inspired treatment wetlands worldwide.

While the abundance of birds at the marsh was one inspiration for the book, Levy reports that it was also the story of “Local folks resisting this very powerful state bureaucracy and keeping at it for years and finally winning out after years of struggling over it.” that makes the telling of the Arcata Marsh an “irresistible story”.

To celebrate the book’s release, Friends of the Arcata Marsh and the City of Arcata are cosponsoring a free public event on Friday, June 8, 2018 in the Arcata Community Center’s senior dining room. Reception 5 to 6 p.m., Book signing with Sharon, 5:30 to 6 pm Lecture by Sharon, 6 to 6:30pm Commentary from panelists involved in the polictical and scientific process that resulted in the creation of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, 6:30 to 7pm

Those wishing to purchase a book must bring cash (no bills higher than $20) or a check; no credit cards can be accepted.

Bonus event: On Saturday, June 9, Sharon will collaborate with session panelists on a special 2-hour Marsh tour starting at 2 p.m. That free public walk departs from the Interpretive Center, located at 569 South G Street.