Trinidad stormwater meeting next Thursday at Town Hall

A public meeting to present an update on the City of Trinidad Stormwater Management Improvement Project is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Trinidad Town Hall, 409 Trinity Street in Trinidad.
Trinidad and Westhaven residents and the general public are invited to this meeting to learn about the City of Trinidad’s Stormwater Management Improvement Project. There will be presentations about previous work the city has completed to understand the geology of the area, the stormwater project design approach, and the conceptual designs being developed to improve the city’s stormwater system.
Information will also be presented about techniques property owners and residents can use to reduce their own stormwater pollution. Meeting attendees will be invited to join a discussion about several aspects of the projects.
Funded by a $2.5 million grant from the State Water Resources Control Board, the project’s purpose is to eliminate sources of water pollution and reduce the quantity of the city’s stormwater discharge into Trinidad Bay. The grant also funds a stormwater education program to provide information and resources to residents, businesses and visitors about water quality and pollution prevention, as well as supporting the efforts of the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council to protect water quality in the Trinidad Bay watersheds.
Trinidad Bay was designated an “Area of Special Biological Significance” or ASBS in 1974 by the State Water Resources Control Board. The ASBS designation is intended to provide special protections to marine life through the prohibition of discharges in these areas. The Stormwater Project was developed through a larger collaborative planning effort, completed in 2008, and outlined in the Trinidad-Westhaven Coastal Watershed Plan. The City of Trinidad, the Trinidad Rancheria, Telonicher Marine Lab, and many other partners worked together to assess and prioritize watershed issues, then to develop action plans and projects to address these issues of common concern.
The Coastal Watershed Plan documents are available in the planning documents section of the City’s website www.trinidad.ca.gov.
For more information about the Trinidad Bay Watershed Plan or the Stormwater Project, please contact the City of Trinidad at (707) 677-0223 or project coordinator Rebecca Price-Hall at . rpricehall@trinidad.ca.gov