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Natural Resources Extension

Project Name: School-based Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Project in the Ala Wai Canal Watershed
ASO Log No.: 96-400
Start/End Date: ? to 1996
Federal Funds: $44,990.00
Matching Funds: $28,725.00
Contractor: Tom Speitel
Curriculum Research and Development Group
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1776 University Ave
Honolulu, HI 96822

Barry Brennan
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1800 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Teachers and students view their local environments each day, noting the obvious changes associated with droughts, storms, and human activities. Some of these events result in environmental pollution that is immediately obvious. Other events, such as chemical runoff and microbial contamination, are less obvious.
Objectives/Goals: To give teachers the background needed to understand how naturally occurring and man-made events affect the ecology of the Ala Wai Watershed, and to encourage teachers and their students to use this knowledge to develop and test their own hypotheses about the environment.
Methods Employed: • Conduct workshops and field trips for teachers to learn how to collect data to establish baselines to assess the importance of management techniques
• Develop an Internet site to enter and analyze data into a centralized database
Pollutants of Concern: Not described in report
Watershed: Ala Wai Watershed, island of Oahu
Size of Project: Not described in report
Affected Water Bodies: Not applicable to project
Deliverables: • Interactive web site
• Ala Wai Watershed CD ROM


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