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
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the January Trinidad Bay Watershed Council meeting to provide input about current and proposed projects in the Trinidad Bay watersheds, discuss issues of common concern, get the latest news from watershed partners and learn how to use nature based solutions to conserve water and prevent water pollution.
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. The 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.
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.
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