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Project Name: He’eia Coastal Restoration Project
ASO Log No.: 01-179
Start/End Date: May 2001 through December 2002
Federal Funds: $84,000.00
Matching Funds: $84,000.00
Contractor: Carole J. McLean
Friends of He’eia State Park
PO Box 698
46-465 Kamehameha HWY
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone and Fax: (808) 247-3156
Kaneohe Bay is designated a Water Quality Limited Segment and the district of Koolaupoko is identified in Hawaii’s Category I Watersheds. Heeia Stream is one of 11 perennial stream feeding into Kaneohe Bay. Parts of Heeia Stream and its tributaries have been redirected and channelized for development.
Objectives/Goals: To reduce non point source pollution entering Kaneohe Bay through He’eia stream by planting vegetation along stream banks and removing alien flora from the immediate area.
Methods Employed: Over a two-year period, alien riparian vegetation was removed by hand, and the area was replanted with native species. Over 2000 school children participated in trail building and mangrove removal. 3000 community workers volunteered for stream restoration efforts, and 50 native milo and 14 koa trees were planted along riparian zone. Access trails were constructed parallel to the stream, and thousands of community volunteers, comprised of service clubs, businesses, students and prison workers, provided labor to facilitate project implementation. The hands-on nature of the project created an opportunity for an outdoor classroom where volunteers learned about the watershed of the He’eia ahupuaa. Aside from field work, over 15 presentations were conducted to familiarize the community with the needs and benefits of the project. Lastly, students from Windward Community College participated in limited water quality studies.
Pollutants of Concern: Turbidity, suspended solids, nutrients, pathogens
Watershed: Heeia Watershed, island of Oahu
Size of Project: 18.2 acres at Heeia State Park
Affected Water Bodies: Kaneohe Bay
Deliverables: • Water quality monitoring data
• PowerPoint presentation in hard-copy
• Various maps of project
• Photos of various field trips
EPA Section 319 Success Stories, Vol III hi-lites He'eia Coastal Restoration Project:
Thousands of Volunteers Replace Alien Plants with Native Species
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