Ocean Friendly Gardens Incentive Program

Installing an Ocean Friendly Garden will help protect Trinidad Bay reduce water used for irrigation and enhance wildlife habitat.   Ocean Friendly Gardens use techniques including directing rainwater appropriately, soil improvement,  and selecting native plants that reduce the need to use garden chemicals and irrigation.

The City of Trinidad, Humboldt Surfrider and GHD are teaming up to offer an incentive program to help community members install their own Ocean Friendly Gardens.  A discussion to plan the program will be held at the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council meeting on Tuesday April 25 at 6:30 pm at Trinidad Town Hall.  For more details, see the TBWC Meeting Event Listing.

City of Trinidad Solicits Input for Harbor Area Planning

Two Harbor Area Planning Meetings will be held on Monday April 17 at at Trinidad Town Hall at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

All residents and interested parties are invited to participate at 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm in a discussion about the future of the Trinidad Harbor Area. The same information will be provided at both meeting.  The City is currently updating its General Plan / Local Coastal Program and wants to gather input from stakeholders and the public regarding their vision for the future of the Trinidad Harbor and surrounding upland support area (parking, restaurant, etc…).

For additional information, please visit www.trinidad.ca.gov.

Come share your ideas and concerns.

Two grant proposals for $5.17 million to benefit Trinidad Bay

Storm water runoff from the City streets in the lower part of Trinidad, the harbor parking lot, and the HSU Marine Lab flow into Trinidad Bay without being treated.  Bacteria, metals and other pollutants in untreated storm water runoff threaten water quality and public health.  2015-03-06-02-07-17-2The State Water Board’s Storm Water Grant Program recently recommended for funding a pair of grant proposals that together will treat the storm water and eliminate discharges into Trinidad Head Area of Special Biological Significance using nature based solutions.   The Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria and the City of Trinidad worked cooperatively to develop the successful proposals to construct green infrastructure (also known as Low Impact Development or LID) to protect Trinidad Bay water quality.  Additional information about the Rancheria and City projects will be available soon.

Trinidad Invasive Knotweed Presentation

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Presentation 5 p. m. Tuesday July 19 at Trinidad Town Hall

See listing and flyer in Upcoming Events.

Join Redwood Community Action Agency for a presentation regarding current efforts to eradicate this highly aggressive invasive plant from the Trinidad area. Topics to be discussed are site locations, identification, herbicide treatment options, and the Wildlife Conservation Board grant that is funding this eradication effort. For more information email amy@nrsrcaa.org or call 707-269-2055.

TBWC Meets Monday July 18 at 6:30 pm

All are welcome at the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council meeting Monday July 18 at 6:30 pm in the Civic Club Room at City Hall.

Meeting topics will include:

Trinidad Bay Watershed Project Updates

  • Assistance Program for septic system repair and replacement – Clean Beaches Initiative Water Quality Restoration Program
  • Climate Change Planning for the General Plan Update
  • Citywide Green Infrastructure Project  to address drought, bluff stability and stormwater issues, funded by the Ocean Protection Council

News from Trinidad Bay Watershed Partners

Watershed Council Activities


Participate in a Trinidad Seabird Citizen Science Project

Take part in a Trinidad Seabird Citizen Science Project, a citizen science monitoring effort for seabirds of the Trinidad California Coastal National Monument.  Humboldt State University professor Dan Barton and graduate student Shannon Murphy provide information about how to participate in seabird monitoring along the Trinidad coast this summer.  Contribute to North Coast seabird conservation while learning about their biology.  Two introductory meeting dates to choose from: Thursday May 19 at 530pm  or Saturday May 21 at 1pm. See Upcoming Events for meeting listings.

Flyer:   Seabird-Citizen-Science-Project-Trinidad

Meeting location: 380 Janis Court, Trinidad 95570 (adjacent to Trinidad Library).



Draft Climate Change Vulnerability Report Presented at TBWC Meeting

The Trinidad Bay Watershed Council and the City of Trinidad invite the public, agencies and other stakeholders to a presentation and discussion of the draft document Climate Change Vulnerability Report and Adaptation Response during our upcoming Trinidad Bay Watershed Council meeting on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm at the Civic Club Room at City Hall.


The report presents potential effects that could result from climate change, determines areas that could be at risk, and identifies preliminary adaptation strategies the City could adopt to mitigate the potential climate impacts. The Climate Change Vulnerability Report and Adaptation Response is being developed as part of the City’s Local Coastal Program Update Project, funded in part by the Coastal Commission.  During this project, climate change considerations and adaption responses will be incorporated into the General Plan / Coastal Land Use Plan as appropriate.

The full report including appendices can be found at the Resources page.

Septic System Upgrade Programs Discussed at TBWC Meeting Monday January 25

Monday January 25, 6:30 pm at Trinidad Town Hall, the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council invites Trinidad and Westhaven residents to hear a presentation and discussion of several topics including the Septic System (OWTS) Upgrade Assistance Program.  In addition to the assistance provided through the Clean Beaches Initiative Grant Program, several other financing programs will be introduced.

Next, the City of Trinidad wants to hear from the Trinidad-Westhaven community about what’s important to you so those issues can be considered and addressed in the City’s General Plan Update.  Finally, agencies and Watershed Council partners will provide information about their activities in the Trinidad-Westhaven area. We hope to see you there!


OWTS , Oh My!

Two meetings in two days about Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) at Trinidad Town Hall that you might want to attend.  At the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council meeting 6:30 p.m. on Monday, there will be a presentation and discussion about a program to assist homeowners with failing septic systems in the Parker , lower Luffenholtz and Joland Creeks.  Even if you’re not in the priority areas, there will be information about strategies to finance upgrades for your system.

Then on Tuesday the 26th, the County will be presenting their draft Onsite Wastewater Local Agency Management Plan. Please see the County Meeting notice for more information about that 6:00 p.m. meeting.  The County will be accepting input about the draft regulation for OWTS in unincorporated areas of Humboldt County.

The City of Trinidad already has an OWTS Operating Permit system in place requiring regular inspections and maintenance of systems. With similar requirements for septic systems in Westhaven, we can look forward to cleaner beaches and better water quality in the creeks.  Be proactive and make sure your system is operating properly.  Join your neighbors at one or both meetings.  Eradicate beach postings for bacterial contamination!