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

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 Harbor Area Planning Meeting 1

All residents and interested parties are invited to participate in a discussion about the future of the Trinidad Harbor Area. 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 your convenience, two Harbor Area meetings will be held: 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm with the same information provided.

Come share your ideas and concerns.

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.

Van Wycke Trail Public Meeting/Workshop

van-wycke-trail-photoThe City has been awarded funding to repair the Van Wycke Trail and improve pedestrian access from Ocean Avenue to Van Wycke.  Come learn about this trail improvement project, and provide your input on the proposed project.

Meet at the Lighthouse at 4pm to walk the trail.  Meeting participants will return to Town Hall at 5pm to discuss project elements and alternatives.

Trinidad Bay Watershed Council Meeting

Information about the Septic System Repair Assistance Program will be presented, followed by a discussion about improving participation in the funding assistance program.  Other meeting topics include the TBWC membership drive and updates about ongoing and proposed projects in the Trinidad-Westhaven watersheds to improve water quality, trails and reduce water use.

The first round of repairs/replacements for the Septic System Repair Program will be completed this fall.  Meeting participants will be asked for suggestions about how to reach out to homeowners that could benefit from funding assistance to repair or replace failing systems in the priority areas of Parker Creek, lower Luffenholtz Creek and Joland Creek watersheds. The program provides funding assistance of 25% – 75% for Septic System/OWTS repair/replacement on an income based sliding-scale, funded through a Prop 84 Clean Beaches Initiative Grant.

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

 

Trinidad Bay Watershed Council 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 draft Report is available here.

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.

Following discussion of the Climate Change Report, we will hear news and updates from the Trinidad-Westhaven Watershed Partners and discuss TBWC participation at this year’s Fish Festival.

TBWC-Jan-2016-Meeting-notes

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.

Climate-Change-Vulnerability-Report-review-draft

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.