Create your own Ocean Friendly Garden

Humboldt Surfrider, the City of Trinidad and the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council are teaming up to assist community members with creating their own Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) to improve wildlife habitat and water quality.  The City received funding from the Ocean Protection Council to develop an Ocean Friendly Gardening Program including a rebate program for materials used to install ocean friendly gardens. The Ocean Friendly Gardens concept was created by the Surfrider Foundation to promote healthier beaches by reducing polluted runoff.  OFG focuses on:

Conservation – of water, energy and wildlife habitat

Permeability – of soil and surfaces to let rainwater runoff slow down and sink in

Retention – of rainwater and prevention of polluted runoff

You can make a difference:  Your Ocean Friendly Garden project will help to protect Trinidad Bay, augment local water supplies, and enhance habitats for birds and other coastal wildlife.

Trinidad Ocean Friendly Garden Program brochure

Discuss Fungi and Ocean Friendly Gardening at July 11 TBWC meeting

Learn about about gardening and landscaping techniques to promote healthier watersheds, oceans and beaches at the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council meeting Tuesday, July 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m. at Ned Simmons Gallery behind the Library, 380 Janis Court in Trinidad.

The meeting will kick off with a walk through the Trinidad Museum Native Plant Garden followed by Levon Durr’s presentation and discussion “Integrating Fungi into the Landscape.”

Fungi, bacteria and other microbes are vital yet often overlooked components of natural areas and our gardens. The talk and slideshow “Integrating Fungi into the Landscape,” will cover applications and uses of fungi for soil health, water retention, filtering pollutants and remediation.

“My hope is as this knowledge becomes more mainstream we will see people working together with plants, fungus and bacteria to reduce the levels of toxic sites around the world. Mycoremediation is by no means a silver bullet, but it can be one of many tools for individuals and communities to begin the healing process of addressing our polluted earth,” Durr said.


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

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 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.