Wetlands & Creeks Committee

Meetings
  • 6 p.m.
  • Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month
  • 579 South G Street
    Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center
    Arcata, CA 95521

Members


  • Bob Brown, Chair
    Term expires: 2018
  • Chris McAuliffe
    Term expires: 2018
  • Vanessa Metz
    Term expires: 2017
  • Bob Pagliuco
    Term expires: 2017


  • Joe Seney
    Term expires: 2018
  • Wes Smith
    Term expires: 2019
  • Jeremy Svehla
    Term expires: 2018
  • Julie Neander, Environmental Services, Staff Liaison

Overview


The Wetlands and Creeks Committee was established in 1999 by the adoption of Ordinance No. 1292, which replaced the Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary Committee and the subsequent advisory committee established in 1992, by Ordinance Number 1183. The Committee's primary function is to advise the City Council and commissions on matters relating to policies affecting the creeks, riparian areas, wetland, and tideland resources of Arcata; make recommendations on the management of vegetation, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, creek, and wetlands restoration and enhancement projects; provide environmental review on projects that may involve or affect a creek, riparian area, wetland, or tideland resource in Arcata; and to provide community outreach and education. The Wetlands and Creeks Committee’s powers and duties are outlined in Arcata Municipal Code Sections 2238 to 2241.

The Wetlands and Creeks Committee consists of 7 members who have interest, knowledge or experience in wildlife, fisheries, watershed management, wetland ecology, wetland/riparian botany, water quality and/or Arcata's creeks. Of the 7 members, five must live within Arcata City Limits (PDF) and 2 may live or work in the Arcata Planning Area. See current vacancies and residency qualifications.

Powers & Duties


The powers and duties of the Wetlands and Creeks Committee are as specified in Arcata Municipal Code, Sections 2238 to 2241. These powers and duties are outlined as follows:
  • To serve in an advisory capacity to the Council, Commissions or City Staff, as appropriate, in matters relating to the policies affecting creeks, riparian areas, wetland and tideland resources of Arcata.
  • To make recommendations to City staff on the management of vegetation, recreation, wildlife and fisheries of the City-owned wetlands and creek zones, including the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • To make recommendations to City staff on City-sponsored creeks and wetlands restoration and enhancement projects.
  • To make recommendations during the environmental review process on projects that may involve or affect a creek, riparian area, wetland or tideland resource of Arcata.
  • To provide community outreach and education in regard to stormwater pollution control, aquatic resources awareness, estuarine and riparian restoration and creek and wetland awareness issues.

Annual Reports to Council


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