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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        January 24, 2006




As many as 250 St. Louis School faculty, staff and students will spend Thursday morning clearing and caring for the environment around their Kaimuki campus.

Joined by volunteers from Chaminade University, they will clear overgrown vegetation and litter from Palolo Stream and the lo`i at the University of Hawaii, Manoa - Hawaiian Studies Center; stencil storm drains on Waialae Avenue, into Palolo Valley, Kapahulu Avenue,and Campbell Avenue; and distribute storm water educational materials to residents and business along the way.  Each participant will volunteer four hours of community service, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Students will experience first-hand how their work not only improves a streamís quality and appearance in a few hours, but also helps establish a link among people, streams that serve as the mauka to makai connection, and their watershed.  After students separate metals, batteries, tires, and propane tanks, City workers will haul those items  away. Hawaii Metal Recycling will provide bins for metals and green waste.

The City and the state Department of Transportation Highway Oahu District are sponsors of the Adopt-A-Stream and Adopt-A-Highway programs, respectively.






            Iwalani Sato, Department of Environmental Services, 429-4112







How Can You Help

Oahu is home to nearly 1 million residents who have a direct affect on our island environment and water quality  Everyone, including residents, business owners, and employees can minimize polluted runoff that drains into streams, estuaries, and the ocean.  Storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs) or simply good housekeeping practices starts at home and work.  Here are some actions that all citizens can incorporate into their daily activities to reduce the amount of trash, chemicals and other pollutants into our precious streams and ocean.

1.  Keep sidewalks, curbs and gutters clean.

Do keep sidewalks, curbs and gutters fronting your property clean by sweeping up debris and disposing of it in the trash, prior to hosing with plain water.  Remember, it is the property ownerís responsibility to keep these areas clean.  Donít wash or allow debris from sidewalks, curbs and gutters into the storm drain.


2.  Prevent dirt and sediment runoff.

Do sweep excess dirt and sediment runoff from landscaping or watering from sidewalks and driveways into grassed or planted areas. Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover or mulching erosion prone areas.  Donít wash excess dirt into the gutter, as it will flow into the storm drain. Never over water the yard to the point where runoff occurs.


3.  Properly dispose of grass and tree cuttings.

Do gather grass and tree cuttings and dispose as green waste, or compost your yard trimmings. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner.  Donít wash cuttings, or any other debris from your yard, into the gutter and down the storm drain.


4.  Recycle motor oil.

Do purchase an oil change box available at retail outlets that sell motor oil. Used oil can be drained directly into the box, sealed and placed into the trash.  Soak up spilled oil and dispose of appropriately.  Donít pour motor oil on the ground or down the storm drain.


5.  Use water-based paint and discard properly.

Do soak up and discard small amounts of leftover paint products by using cat litter, sawdust, rags or shredded newspaper; or by painting it onto cardboard, and letting it dry. Discard with the rest of your household trash. Paints can also be hardened in its container and thrown away in the trash. Use water-based paint whenever possible.  Donít pour paint or paint products down the drain or on the ground.


6.  Use only the amount needed of pesticides and fertilizers.

Do use pesticides and fertilizers according to the instructions on the package and only purchase what you need. Fertilizer and its packaging may be disposed of in the household trash. Call 692-5411 to find out how to dispose of a particular pesticide product.  Water entering our storm drains flows directly to streams or the ocean, carrying pollutants and debris with it. These pollutants and debris seriously impact the environment.  However Oahu residents can make a difference!  Property owners are liable for all work that may affect storm water quality, whether they themselves perform the work or it is contracted out.  Non-compliance of city regulations can result in fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation.

Donít overuse pesticides or fertilizers. Overuse can result in the products being transported into storm drains with water runoff from watering or rain.  Donít use these products if rain is anticipated.  Never pour leftover pesticides down the sink, into the toilet, or down the storm drain.


7.  Wash your car with plain water.

Do wash your car using a nozzle and bucket, and direct the flow of water into a grassed area. Wash with plain water without using soaps or detergents.  If you must wash with detergents, sparingly use environmentally friendly soaps, or go to a commercial car wash.  Donít let the hose run continuously, sending excess water and detergents into the gutter.


8.  Keep household cleaning products from becoming hazardous waste.

Do use non-hazardous and environmentally safe cleaning products that donít contain phosphorous or other toxic chemicals. Avoid having household cleaning products become hazardous waste by buying only what you need and using it all. Call 692-5411 to find out how to dispose of a particular product.  Donít pour household products down the drain, toilet or into the gutter.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

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