Enviromental Program

Jonas Savage

Environmental Director

 

Jason Soto

Environmental Technician

 

  

 

 

  Trinidad Rancheria Environmental Program

It is the objective of the Environmental Program to protect the air, land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources of the Trinidad Rancheria to benefit present and future generations. In addition, it is the mission of this department, with the Tribal Community,  to be proactive in environmental stewardship of the Trinidad Rancheria and its natural resources.

 

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

Environmental Issues at Rancheria Properties

Trinidad Rancheria’s Environmental Survey and subsequent research have identified the following high priority environmental issues:

 

 
Trinidad Rancheria at Scenic Drive, Trinidad
 
Water Quality
Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution in the form of stormwater runoff and overland sheet flows over impermeable surfaces pick up constituents of grease and oil, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and harmful bacteriological indicators, that are deposited into nearby creeks, streams and seeps that are in close proximity to the ocean and in particular to the Trinidad Head ASBS.
 
Surface water quality can be compromised by Point Source and Non-Point Sources of pollution ranging from those listed above to direct illegal dumping of waste and debris into canyons, gulleys, streambeds, storm drains and gutters.
 
Ground water has the potential to be polluted from different sources, the most immediate of which would be the infiltration of hydrocarbons and chemical constituents that persist beyond the efforts of soil remediation, and the contamination of groundwater from aging on-site wastewater disposal systems on small lots, with documented failures caused by poor drainage/high groundwater/standing surface water/unstable earth conditions.
 
A portion of McConnahas Mill Creek watershed is on Rancheria property and its water quality depends on good stewardship by the Rancheria residents.
 
Air Quality
While there is little recorded information concerning the overall air quality for this region, it is commonly assumed that the rural nature of this area provides relatively good air quality. However, there are more serious issues of indoor air quality to address. Aging residential houses have issues with the suspected presence of lead, mold and asbestos in addition to the already toxic nature of many traditional building materials.
 
Climate/ Global Warming
Global warming, climate change, and the resulting increase in weather severity and predicted sea level rise creates major areas of concern due to the close proximity of the Trinidad Rancheria to the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.
 
Solid Waste/ Hazardous Waste/ Toxics
Reducing the impact to the solid waste stream is a major concern to the Trinidad Rancheria. Increasing recycling efforts and efficiency in design and implementation have been identified as major issues to deal with presently and in the future. Electronic waste is a growing problem as technology controls more and more aspects of home and business life.
 
Illegal dumping on Tribal lands continues to be a source of solid waste, and in some instances hazardous waste.
 
Fuel spills and oil spills are a constant threat from operations of fleet vehicles, staff parking, visitor/patron parking, delivery vehicles (including delivery of liquid and gas fuel resources), and incidental spills from Highway 101.
 
Household hazardous waste has a tendency to accumulate in and around residential areas in the form of cleaners, solvents, lubricants, paints, and adhesives. If these materials are not properly disposed of or recycled they present a serious threat to the health and well-being of the residents and the environment.
 
Emergency Preparedness
Proximity to the ocean and shoreline makes the Trinidad Rancheria vulnerable to natural disasters in the form of tsunamis, storm surges, and severe winter storm events.
 
Single access road on unstable terrain is vulnerable to failure, and could isolate the community during a disaster.
 
Community is adjacent to Highway 101, which increases the possibility of exposure to a toxic spill incident.
 
Smart Growth
The Trinidad Rancheria is at a critical stage in the development of its residential and commercial infrastructures. Without prior planning and a commitment to sustainable design and practices it would be hard to implement the changes necessary to facilitate smart growth and planning. With hope for new residential buildings, and future business ventures there will be many opportunities to implement LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, smart growth, principles of green building, and practical applications of Low Impact Development (LID).
 
Energy
The rising cost of energy, for transportation, business operations, and residential uses, in addition to the growing awareness of collateral impacts to the climate and environment have created a need to develop practices that increase efficiency and lower the need for energy consumption. There is a need to address behavior and the built environment. Wasteful and inefficient practices need to be modified to incorporate a culture of conservation, in addition to incorporating new products and building upgrades to increase efficiency and lower overall energy consumption.
 
 
 
Trinidad Rancheria at Westhaven
 
Water Quality
Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution in the form of stormwater runoff and overland sheet flows over impermeable surfaces pick up constituents of grease and oil, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and harmful bacteriological indicators, that are deposited into nearby creeks, streams and seeps that are in close proximity to the ocean and in particular to the Trinidad Head ASBS.
 
Surface water quality can be compromised by Point Source and Non-Point Sources of pollution ranging from those listed above to direct illegal dumping of waste and debris into canyons, gulleys, streambeds, storm drains and gutters.
 
Ground water has the potential to be polluted from different sources, the most immediate of which would be the infiltration of hydrocarbons and chemical constituents that persist beyond the efforts of soil remediation, and the contamination of groundwater from aging on-site wastewater disposal systems on small lots, with documented failures caused by poor drainage/high groundwater/standing surface water/unstable earth conditions. Community wastewater system requires monitoring to insure performance.
 
Air Quality
While there is little recorded information concerning the overall air quality for this region, it is commonly assumed that the rural nature of this area provides relatively good air quality. However, there are more serious issues of indoor air quality to address. Aging residential houses have issues with the suspected presence of lead, mold and asbestos in addition to the already toxic nature of many traditional building materials.
 
Climate/ Global Warming
Global warming, climate change, and the resulting increase in weather severity and predicted sea level rise creates major areas of concern due to the close proximity of the Trinidad Rancheria to the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.
 
Solid Waste/ Hazardous Waste/ Toxics
Reducing the impact to the solid waste stream is a major concern to the Trinidad Rancheria. Increasing recycling efforts, and efficiency in design and implementation have been identified as major issues to deal with presently and in the future. Electronic waste is a growing problem as technology controls more and more aspects of home and business life.
 
Illegal dumping on Tribal lands continues to be a source of solid waste, and in some instances hazardous waste.
 
Fuel spills and oil spills are a constant threat from residential parking, daily residential operations, and delivery vehicles (including delivery of liquid and gas fuel resources), and incidental spills from Highway 101.
 
Household hazardous waste has a tendency to accumulate in and around residential areas in the form of cleaners, solvents, lubricants, paints, and adhesives. If these materials are not properly disposed of or recycled they present a serious threat to the health and well-being of the residents and the environment.
 
Emergency Preparedness
Proximity to the ocean and shoreline makes the Trinidad Rancheria vulnerable to natural disasters in the form of tsunamis, storm surges, and severe winter storm events.
 
Community is adjacent to Highway 101, which increases the possibility of exposure to a toxic spill incident.
 
Smart Growth
The Trinidad Rancheria is at a critical stage in the development of its residential infrastructures. Without prior planning and a commitment to sustainable design and practices it would be hard to implement the changes necessary to facilitate smart growth and planning. With hope for new residential buildings there will be many opportunities to implement LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, smart growth, principles of green building, and practical applications of Low Impact Development (LID).
 
Energy
The rising cost of energy, for transportation, and residential uses, in addition to the growing awareness of collateral impacts to the climate and environment have created a need to develop practices that increase efficiency and lower the need for energy consumption. There is a need to address behavior and the built environment. Wasteful and inefficient practices need to be modified to incorporate a culture of conservation, in addition to incorporating new products and building upgrades to increase efficiency and lower overall energy consumption.
 
 
 
Trinidad Rancheria at Archer Road,  McKinleyville
 
Water Quality
Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution in the form of stormwater runoff and overland sheet flows over impermeable surfaces pick up constituents of grease and oil, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and harmful bacteriological indicators, that are deposited into nearby creeks, streams and seeps that are in close proximity to the ocean and in particular to the Trinidad Head ASBS.
 
Surface water quality can be compromised by Point Source and Non-Point Sources of pollution ranging from those listed above to direct illegal dumping of waste and debris into canyons, gulleys, streambeds, storm drains and gutters.
 
Ground water has the potential to be polluted from different sources, the most immediate of which would be the infiltration of hydrocarbons and chemical constituents that persist beyond the efforts of soil remediation, and the contamination of groundwater from aging on-site wastewater disposal systems on small lots, with documented failures caused by poor drainage/high groundwater/standing surface water/unstable earth conditions. On-site wastewater systems require monitoring and switching of dual leach fields to maximize performance; failures due to residents not switching leach fields have occurred.
 
A portion of Duke Creek watershed is on Rancheria property and its water quality depends on good stewardship by the Rancheria resident
 
Air Quality
While there is little recorded information concerning the overall air quality for this region, it is commonly assumed that the rural nature of this area provides relatively good air quality. However, there are more serious issues of indoor air quality to address. Aging residential houses have issues with the suspected presence of lead, mold and asbestos in addition to the already toxic nature of many traditional building materials.
 
Climate/ Global Warming
Global warming, climate change, and the resulting increase in weather severity and predicted sea level rise creates major areas of concern due to the close proximity of the Trinidad Rancheria to the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.
 
Solid Waste/ Hazardous Waste/ Toxics
Reducing the impact to the solid waste stream is a major concern to the Trinidad Rancheria. Increasing recycling efforts, and efficiency in design and implementation have been identified as major issues to deal with presently and in the future. Electronic waste is a growing problem as technology controls more and more aspects of home and business life.
 
Illegal dumping on Tribal lands continues to be a source of solid waste, and in some instances hazardous waste.
 
Fuel spills and oil spills are a constant threat from residential parking, daily residential operations, and delivery vehicles (including delivery of liquid and gas fuel resources), and incidental spills from Highway 101.
 
Household hazardous waste has a tendency to accumulate in and around residential areas in the form of cleaners, solvents, lubricants, paints, and adhesives. If these materials are not properly disposed of or recycled they present a serious threat to the health and well-being of the residents and the environment.
 
Emergency Preparedness
This area of Tribal housing is geographically isolated from the Trinidad Rancheria proper and therefore has emergency preparedness issues of self-reliance in the event of an emergency. Tribal members may be cut off from access to goods and services as well as the main Rancheria. It is vital that residents be trained in emergency procedures, and are prepared to shelter in place during an emergency.
 
Smart Growth
The Trinidad Rancheria is at a critical stage in the development of its residential infrastructures. Without prior planning and a commitment to sustainable design and practices it would be hard to implement the changes necessary to facilitate smart growth and planning. With hope for new residential buildings there will be many opportunities to implement LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, smart growth, principles of green building, and practical applications of Low Impact Development (LID).
 
Energy
The rising cost of energy, for transportation, and residential uses, in addition to the growing awareness of collateral impacts to the climate and environment have created a need to develop practices that increase efficiency and lower the need for energy consumption. There is a need to address behavior and the built environment. Wasteful and inefficient practices need to be modified to incorporate a culture of conservation, in addition to incorporating new products and building upgrades to increase efficiency and lower overall energy consumption.
 
 
 
Cher-Ae Heights Casino at Trinidad
 
Water Quality
Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution in the form of stormwater runoff and overland sheet flows over impermeable surfaces pick up constituents of grease and oil, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and harmful bacteriological indicators, that are deposited into nearby creeks, streams and seeps that are in close proximity to the ocean and in particular to the Trinidad Head ASBS.
 
Surface water quality can be compromised by Point Source and Non-Point Sources of pollution ranging from those listed above to direct illegal dumping of waste and debris into canyons, gulleys, streambeds, storm drains and gutters.
 
Ground water has the potential to be polluted from different sources, the most immediate of which would be the infiltration of hydrocarbons and chemical constituents that persist beyond the efforts of soil remediation. 
 
Casino wastewater treatment plant must be properly operated to protect leach field and to avoid surfacing wastewater.
 
A portion of McConnahas Mill Creek watershed is on Rancheria property and its water quality depends on good stewardship by the Rancheria residents.
 
Air Quality
While there is little recorded information concerning the overall air quality for this region, it is commonly assumed that the rural nature of this area provides relatively good air quality. However, there are more serious issues of indoor air quality to address. Aging residential houses have issues with the suspected presence of lead, mold and asbestos in addition to the already toxic nature of many traditional building materials.
 
Climate/ Global Warming
Global warming, climate change, and the resulting increase in weather severity and predicted sea level rise creates major areas of concern due to the close proximity of the Trinidad Rancheria to the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.
 
Solid Waste/ Hazardous Waste/ Toxics
Reducing the impact to the solid waste stream is a major concern to the Trinidad Rancheria. Increasing recycling efforts, and efficiency in design and implementation have been identified as major issues to deal with presently and in the future. Electronic waste is a growing problem as technology controls more and more aspects of home and business life.
 
Illegal dumping on Tribal lands continues to be a source of solid waste, and in some instances hazardous waste.
 
Fuel spills and oil spills are a constant threat from operations of fleet vehicles, staff parking, visitor/patron parking, delivery vehicles (including delivery liquid of and gas fuel resources), and incidental spills from Highway 101.
 
Household hazardous waste has a tendency to accumulate in and around residential areas in the form of cleaners, solvents, lubricants, paints, and adhesives. If these materials are not properly disposed of or recycled they present a serious threat to the health and well-being of the residents and the environment.
 
Emergency Preparedness
Proximity to the ocean and shoreline makes the Trinidad Rancheria vulnerable to natural disasters in the form of tsunamis, storm surges, and severe winter storm events.
 
Casino is adjacent to Highway 101, which increases the possibility of exposure to a toxic spill incident.
 
High number of patrons requires good disaster preparedness planning, and single access road on unstable terrain is vulnerable to failure--could isolate the casino during a disaster.
 
Smart Growth
The Trinidad Rancheria is at a critical stage in the development of its commercial infrastructures. Without prior planning and a commitment to sustainable design and practices it would be hard to implement the changes necessary to facilitate smart growth and planning. With hope for new buildings, and future business ventures there will be many opportunities to implement LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, smart growth, principles of green building, and practical applications of Low Impact Development (LID).
 
Energy
The rising cost of energy, for transportation, maintenance, and business operations, in addition to the growing awareness of collateral impacts to the climate and environment have created a need to develop practices that increase efficiency and lower the need for energy consumption. There is a need to address behavior and the built environment. Wasteful and inefficient practices need to be modified to incorporate a culture of conservation, in addition to incorporating new products and building upgrades to increase efficiency and lower overall energy consumption.
 
 
 
Seascape Pier and Restaurant
 
Water Quality
The Trinidad Harbor and Pier facility are particularly vulnerable to Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution in the form of stormwater runoff and overland sheet flows over impermeable surfaces pick up constituents of grease and oil, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and harmful bacteriological indicators, that are deposited directly to the ocean and in particular to the Trinidad Head ASBS.
 
Surface water quality can be compromised by Point Source and Non-Point Sources of pollution ranging from those listed above to direct illegal dumping of waste and debris on beaches, parking areas, boat launches, and directly into ocean waters.
 
Ground water has the potential to be polluted from different sources, the most immediate of which would be the infiltration of hydrocarbons and chemical constituents that persist beyond the efforts of soil remediation, and the contamination of groundwater from aging on-site wastewater disposal systems on small lots, with documented failures caused by poor drainage/high groundwater/standing surface water/unstable earth conditions.
 
The State Water Board has identified the Trinidad Rancheria’s Pier operations as a prohibited discharge into an Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS). Any discharge that has the potential to alter “Natural Water Quality” is prohibited, so an entire pier replacement project with runoff capture and remediation measures is needed.
 
Air Quality
While there is little recorded information concerning the overall air quality for this region, it is commonly assumed that the rural nature of this area provides relatively good air quality. However, there are more serious issues of indoor air quality to address. Aging commercial buildings have issues with the suspected presence of lead, mold and asbestos in addition to the already toxic nature of many traditional building materials.
 
Climate/ Global Warming
Global warming, climate change, and the resulting increase in weather severity and predicted sea level rise creates major areas of concern due to the close proximity of the Seascape Restaurant, and the Pier and Harbor facilities to the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.
 
Solid Waste/ Hazardous Waste/ Toxics
Reducing the impact to the solid waste stream is a major concern to the Trinidad Rancheria. Increasing recycling efforts, and efficiency in design and implementation have been identified as major issues to deal with presently and in the future. 
 
Illegal dumping on Tribal lands continues to be a source of solid waste, and in some instances hazardous waste.
 
Fuel spills and oil spills are a constant threat from residential parking, daily residential operations, and delivery vehicles (including delivery of liquid and gas fuel resources), and incidental spills from Highway 101.
 
Emergency Preparedness
Proximity to the ocean and shoreline makes the Trinidad Harbor, Pier, and Seascape vulnerable to natural disasters in the form of tsunamis, storm surges, and severe winter storm events.
 
The Trinidad Harbor and seaside community is near Highway 101, which increases the possibility of exposure to a toxic spill incident.
 
Smart Growth
The Trinidad Rancheria is at a critical stage in the development of its commercial infrastructures. Without prior planning and a commitment to sustainable design and practices it would be hard to implement the changes necessary to facilitate smart growth and planning. With hope for new commercial development there will be many opportunities to implement LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, smart growth, principles of green building, and practical applications of Low Impact Development (LID).  Harbor development can be planned in an environmentally sound manner to preserve the aesthetics of the site and the water quality of Trinidad Bay.
 
Energy
The rising cost of energy, for transportation, and commercial uses, in addition to the growing awareness of collateral impacts to the climate and environment have created a need to develop practices that increase efficiency and lower the need for energy consumption. There is a need to address behavior and the built environment. Wasteful and inefficient practices need to be modified to incorporate a culture of conservation, in addition to incorporating new products and building upgrades to increase efficiency and lower overall energy consumption.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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