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(Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010) – The Department of Environmental Services’ Storm Water Quality Branch is conducting an Adopt-A-Stream cleanup Saturday, February 27, in Waimanalo.

            The cleanup runs from 8:30-11 a.m., which includes removal of litter and weeds.  Volunteers will work with ENV to maintain best management practices, including adding native vegetation (naupaka and pohinahina) to the adopted Kahawai Stream, a tributary of Waimanalo Stream.

            ENV – partnering with numerous businesses, schools, public officials, the state and military – will provide supplies.  Volunteers will need to sign a release form when checking in at Kahawai Stream, on the makai side of Kalanianaole Highway, across from L&L Drive-in.  Volunteers should bring water, wear a hat, old shoes, sunscreen and dress to get dirty.

            The event creates awareness of non-point source pollution and water quality issues, provides information on protecting our waters to specific audiences, encourages partnerships between citizens and local government, and motivates positive behavioral change to keep streams healthy.

            For a release form or more information on the ENV’s storm water community service activities, logon to or call Iwalani Sato, Storm Water Community Relations Specialist, at 768-3248.




Contact:  Markus Owens, ENV Public Communications Officer, 768-3454