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.
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.
In this June 2014 TBWC News Fish Festival Issue, the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council (TBWC) is pleased to share all the latest news from the Trinidad Bay Watersheds and to celebrate with you at the Trinidad Fish Festival. Right now, we’re focused on fish and clean water. We can prevent pollution by adopting good habits for car care and yard work, by picking up after our pets, maintaining our septic systems and keeping trash in its proper place.
It takes all of us to keep our watersheds beautiful, the waters clean and the fish plentiful.