The July Trinidad Bay Watershed Council 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.” The Trinidad Coastal Land Trust has generously offered use of their office, the Ned Simmons Gallery, located behind the Trinidad Library.
After the presentation, Watershed Partners will provide updates about what is going on in the Trinidad-Westhaven watersheds. Information will be available about two City watershed programs – Ocean Friendly Garden Incentive Program (funded by a Proposition 1 grant from the Ocean Protection Council) and the OWTS Repair Program (funded by a Clean Beaches Initiative Grant).
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
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.
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.
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.