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Natural Resources Extension

Project Name: From the Land to the Sea: A School and Community Education Initiative
ASO Log No.: YO-004
Start/End Date: July 1999 to July 2001
Federal Funds: $115,206.00
Matching Funds: $128,802.00
Contractor: Diana King
Hawaii Nature Center
2131 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: (808) 955-0100
Fax: (808) 955-0116
The water quality problems of the Ala Wai watershed are numerous and well-documented in the Ala Wai Canal Watershed Water Quality Improvement Project Management and Implementation Plan Volume I (1997). The project sought to develop and implement four educational program models that would teach students and the public at large about their ability to influence the cleanliness of the Ala Wai Canal watershed through everyday actions and decisions.
Objectives/Goals: To implement programs to inform students and the community about their ability to influence the cleanliness of the watershed through their daily actions and decisions, particularly focusing on impacts of soil erosion and street generated runoff.
Methods Employed: The Hawaii Nature Center was able to conduct field programs targeted for the community at large addressing watershed health and nonpoint source pollution (NPS), revise their existing fourth grade program to include a component addressing Best Management Practices (BMPs) in forests, include the role of ground cover and land use in soil and water retention, develop and field test a program for fifth graders addressing the interaction between humans and the environmental coastal areas, and produce three public service announcements regarding NPS and BMPs.
Pollutants of Concern: Not applicable
Watershed: Ala Wai Watershed, island of Oahu
Size of Project: Not applicable
Affected Water Bodies:
Ala Wai Canal Watershed
Deliverables: • Copy of revised 4th grade curriculum
• Copy of 5th grade curriculum
• Photos of various activities


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