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.

 

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.

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 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

County Onsite Wastewater Regulations Informational Meeting

The County has released for public review and comment several documents for the Onsite Wastewater Local Agency Management Program (LAMP).  The Division of Environmental Health will hold an informational meeting at Trinidad Town Hall on Tuesday January 26  at 6:00 p.m. to answer questions about the draft documents. The news release is available here. The draft documents and additional information about the LAMP  is available at the DEH Land-Use webpage.

Septic System Upgrade Programs Discussed at TBWC Meeting Monday January 25

Monday January 25, 6:30 pm at Trinidad Town Hall, the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council invites Trinidad and Westhaven residents to hear a presentation and discussion of several topics including the Septic System (OWTS) Upgrade Assistance Program.  In addition to the assistance provided through the Clean Beaches Initiative Grant Program, several other financing programs will be introduced.

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!

 

OWTS , Oh My!

Two meetings in two days about Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) at Trinidad Town Hall that you might want to attend.  At the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council meeting 6:30 p.m. on Monday, there will be a presentation and discussion about a program to assist homeowners with failing septic systems in the Parker , lower Luffenholtz and Joland Creeks.  Even if you’re not in the priority areas, there will be information about strategies to finance upgrades for your system.

Then on Tuesday the 26th, the County will be presenting their draft Onsite Wastewater Local Agency Management Plan. Please see the County Meeting notice for more information about that 6:00 p.m. meeting.  The County will be accepting input about the draft regulation for OWTS in unincorporated areas of Humboldt County.

The City of Trinidad already has an OWTS Operating Permit system in place requiring regular inspections and maintenance of systems. With similar requirements for septic systems in Westhaven, we can look forward to cleaner beaches and better water quality in the creeks.  Be proactive and make sure your system is operating properly.  Join your neighbors at one or both meetings.  Eradicate beach postings for bacterial contamination!

County Septic System Draft Regulations Released

Bacterial contamination at Trinidad-Westhaven beaches may be partly due to failing septic systems, so maintaining your septic system is a must! The County has released for public review and comment several documents for the Onsite Wastewater Local Agency Management Program (LAMP).  The Division of Environmental Health will hold an informational meeting at Trinidad Town Hall on Tuesday January 26  at 6:00 p.m. to answer questions about the draft documents.  The news release is available here. The draft documents and additional information about the LAMP  is available at the DEH Land-Use webpage.   Also, information about funding assistance for repair or replacement of failing OWTS is available on the Watershed Projects page under Trinidad Westhaven Coastal Water Quality Program – OWTS Emphasis. Septic Systems are also known as Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems or OWTS.