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City of Fort Bragg Works to Combat Odors at Wastewater Treatment Plant

The following is a press release issued by the City of Fort Bragg:

Fort Bragg Wastewater Treatment Facility [Photograph provided by the City of Fort Bragg]

Nearly two years ago, the City of Fort Bragg completed a major upgrade to the wastewater
treatment plant facility to improve the reliability and quality of effluent (treated water released into the ocean). The new treatment system has proved to be far more efficient in the removal of solids from the waste stream than expected. This translates into a much greater need for onsite storage of the biosolids at the treatment facility. This is the source of the odor that many have experienced near the treatment plant facility located on the Coastal Trail and on occasion throughout the City.

The City has purchased a biosolids dryer that will eliminate the odor at the wastewater facility. Staff has been working diligently to complete the installation and bring the unit on line as soon as possible. The City anticipates the equipment to be operational by mid-June. In the meantime, the City has continued treating the biosolids with a number of products to reduce the volume and combat odor. This week we have been able to remove and transport some the biosolids which have caused more odor than usual on the Coastal Trail and surrounding areas.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the Director of Public Works, John Smith at or by calling (707) 961-2823.


  1. I heard a rumor that the dried effluent was gathered up for transport two weeks ago, but the truck never showed up. That’s when it started smelling up our town, two weeks ago. Is there any truth to that rumor?

  2. But mayor bernie recently said this is one of the city’s great accomplishments! No one should be complaining! Millions of dollars were spent on this, so just enjoy that fresh new smell!

    What was so wrong with the old system?

    This shitty project was supposed to be completed by the end of summer 2021. We’ll see if it actually improves by this June, I’ll try to hold my breath until then

  3. Everybody poops and it needs to be dealt with. It’s good that the citizenry realizes it doesn’t magically disappear with one flush. Three cheers for our hard working waste water treatment plant people.

  4. Well done, City of Fort Bragg Team! This will make that stretch of the coast even nicer. The smell can be quite overpowering.

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