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Dept. of Environmental Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2007

Adopt-A-Stream/Adopt-A-Block Clean-ups

Community volunteers, backed by City and County of Honolulu agencies, will do Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-AStream clean-ups in Kahala, Pensacola-Ward, Ala Moana, Kalihi, Ewa Beach, Niu Valley, Waimanalo and Manoa between Friday, August 31, 2007 and Saturday, September 29, 2007. Iwalani Sato, the city’s coordinator, said, “The Adopt-A-Stream/Adopt-A-Block work days are ‘hands-on’ activities for everyday environmental heroes in our communities. Volunteers remove trash from City-owned streams, distribute pollution prevention fact sheets, and stencil storm drains to remind people to ‘Dump No Waste, Protect our Waters … for Life’.” Locations, dates, times and site leaders are listed below:

Location Date Time Site Leaders

Kahala: Meet at Triangle Park Friday, 8/21/07 8:30-10:30 am Dr. Malia Kamisugi Kalihi: Meet at Kalihi Waena Elementary School Saturday, 9/8/07 8:00-11:30 am Chana Dudoit Pensacola-Ward: McKinley High School LEO Club members only.

Saturday, 9/15/07 8:30-10:30 am Perrine Matsuzaki Ala Moana, Kalihi, Ewa Beach Weed and Seed Neighborhood Kokua Project: Meet at various locations.

Saturday, 9/15/07 8:30 – 11 am Reina Miyamoto Niu Valley: Niu Valley Adopt-A-Stream volunteers only. Sunday, 9/16/07 10 a.m. – Noon Caryn Yu Waimanalo: Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School Adopt-A-Stream volunteers only.

Wednesday, 9/26/07 8:30 – 10:30 am Susan Hummel Volunteers will receive trash bags, gloves and “Protect Our Waters … For Life” t-shirts. Wear a hat, use sunscreen, and dress to get dirty.

The Adopt-A-Stream/Adopt-A-Block program is coordinated by the Storm Water Quality Branch of the city’s Department of Environmental Services, Division of Environmental Quality. Groups seeking to Adopt-A-Stream or Adopt-A-Block must meet these criteria: (a) adopt a portion of a city stream at least 200 linear feet or at least two city blocks, (b) agree to conduct quarterly cleanup days, and (c) maintain this agreement for at least two years.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the clean-ups may sign up online (www.cleanwaterhonolulu.com).

Contact

Iwalani Sato, Department of Environmental Services, 780-8872

Friday, August 24, 2007

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