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Hawaii is a member of the Southwest States and Pacific Islands Water Quality Coordination Team


American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) '07 Conference

This conference focused on rainwater catchment or rainwater harvesting as a centuries-old tradition that is seeing renewed use worldwide for residential, commercial, agricultural, and recreational applications.  Keynote speaker Andy Lipkis, founder of TreePeople, spoke about rainwater catchment and urban planning/water management, as well as integrated design.  In addition to papers presented by architects, researchers, and suppliers, the conference offered a luau, a tradeshow, a tour of a research farm on rainwater catchment, and a tour of the conference location, Kilauea Military Camp in Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island, which is a recreational facility also on rainwater catchment.  The conference, coordinated by CTAHR Education Specialist Patricia Macomber, MPH, was attended by nearly 200 people from seven countries.     

President Tim Pope
Incoming President Tim Pope taught an accreditation class as well as presented his perspective of the current status of the field of rainwater catchment and the potential for changing building codes and urban water management practices toward more sustainable practices. 
rainwater catchment installations
The conference also included tours of several different rainwater catchment installations including a farm, a military recreational facility, and homes.
Hawaiian luau
Fun was not forgotten as attendees were treated to a Hawaiian luau with traditional foods, music, and hula, as well as lei-making and hula lessons.


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