Trinidad Bay Watershed Council Meeting – Ocean Friendly Gardens

Come hear about the how and why  of Ocean Friendly Gardening and the opportunity to create your own.

The Trinidad Bay Watershed Council invites community members to a discussion about improving wildlife habitat and water quality through Ocean Friendly Gardening on Tuesday, April 25 from 6:40 to 7:30 p. m. at the Trinidad Town Hall, 409 Trinity St. in Trinidad.  An Ocean Friendly Gardens incentive program will be offered in Trinidad through a grant from the Ocean Protection Council.  Meeting participants will brainstorm how to make this a really successful program.   Following this discussion, at 7:30, members will plan for new member recruitment, tabling at the Fish Festival, and Trinidad Bay Watershed partners will provide updates about their activities in the Trinidad-Westhaven area.

The January 2017 TBWC Meeting Notes are available here.

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.

TBWC Quarterly Meeting

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.

 

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 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 Quarterly Meeting

Please join us for our July meeting to  discuss issues of common concern, get the latest news from our partners and learn how to use nature based solutions to conserve water and prevent water pollution.  Don Allan will give a presentation about the proposed project to construct the Little River Trail.

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

OWTS Homeowner Assistance Program Discussed at TBWC Meeting

The Trinidad Bay Watershed Council invites you to our quarterly meeting where we will discuss several topics including the Septic System (OWTS) Upgrade Assistance Program.  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!

TBWC February 2015 Newsletter

Feb 2015 TBWC News:

What about the Drought?

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February 20, 2015 Drought Meter for the Trinidad area

The Trinidad Bay Watershed Council presents the latest news from the Trinidad Bay Watersheds. We received some nice rain in December and February, however the drought is not over yet. California is still in one of the most severe droughts in recorded history.

This edition of the Trinidad Bay Watershed News provides you with a variety of information to help you prepare for the next dry season and alleviate some of the impacts due to the historic drought facing California and out Trinidad Bay coastal watersheds.