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.


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.

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.

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


TBWC Quarterly Meeting

Please join us for the quarterly Trinidad Bay Watershed Council Meeting.  Attendees will have the opportunity to provide input on future watershed projects and priorities during a discussion about updating the Trinidad Bay Watershed Plan. Other meeting topics include a presentation of results of the City’s recently completed Stormwater Project and water quality monitoring in Trinidad Bay and watershed partner updates.

Trinidad Fish Festival

Come by and visit the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council table and kids’ activities while you’re here for the Fish Festival.   Pick up a bucket of water conservation items, while supplies last, and the new Trinidad Bay Report, hot off the press! Find the information you need about water conservation, preventing water pollution and all about the Trinidad ASBS and watersheds.

April TBWC Meeting

Your’re invited! The Trinidad Bay Watershed Council quarterly meeting will be on Monday, April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m. at the Trinidad Town Hall, 409 Trinity St. in Trinidad. Meeting topics include water quality monitoring results for Trinidad Bay, watershed partner updates, plus discussion of future Watershed Council activities and upcoming projects.

Northern California ASBS Monitoring Reports Released

Trinidad Bay ASBS monitoring program results are availableLauncher Beach in three reports  about water quality studies of the Northern California Areas of Special Biological Significance.  TBWC member Steen Trump conducted much of the  sampling and analysis for the Regional Monitoring Group.

The  ASBS  reports present the results of water quality monitoring conducted from 2011 – 2014 by the City of Trinidad, the HSU Marine Lab, and other members of the Northern California Regional Monitoring Group.  These reports were developed by the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) and funded by the State Water Resources Control Board.

See the Resources and Area of Special Biological Significance quick links for more information about the reports and Trinidad Head ASBS.