ECONEWS REPORT: What smells like in Stinky Beach? | Lost Coast Outpost

The Eureka wastewater treatment plant. Photo file.


The Town of Eureka wastewater treatment facility discharges its treated wastewater into Humboldt Bay near its facility near the Elk River. Nearby, surfers play at Stinky Beach and the locals of Humboldt Bay collect seafood.

The City assumed that treated wastewater discharged from its Elk River wastewater treatment plant is discharged into the sea, but a 2014 study determined that there was much more treated wastewater left in the city. Humboldt Bay than previously thought. In 2016, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board ordered the City to “cease and desist” from discharging into Humboldt Bay and moving to a discharge into the ocean. by 2030. Instead, the City is asking for an exemption from existing water quality rules so that it can continue to pump up to 12 million gallons of treated wastewater into the bay near the Spit. Elk River.

Surfrider Foundation and Humboldt Baykeeper are asking the City to thoroughly examine the feasibility of moving to an ocean discharge or to engage in significant improvements that will improve water quality in Humboldt Bay and to organize at least one public workshop on the subject. Jen Kalt of Humboldt Baykeeper and Delia Bense-Kang of the Surfrider Foundation join the show to talk about where your trash goes when you flush the toilet and the impacts on Humboldt Bay.


“The EcoNews Report”, September 18, 2021.

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