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Natural Resources Extension

Project Name: He’eia Wetlands Restoration Project
ASO Log No.: 98-010
Start/End Date: July 1997 to December 1999
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: (808) 247-3156
The Heeia wetlands (aka Heeia Marsh and Meadowlands) and coastal area serve a very useful function of filtering water emanating from the watershed above before discharging into the waters of Kaneohe Bay. Heeia stream and marsh are also an important habitat for native fauna. However, the area has been degraded by years of sedimentation (both natural and manmade), and encroaching introduced vegetation.
Objectives/Goals: To expand and enhance the Heeia Stream and coastal area, replacing existing exotic coastal plants with native strand species.
Methods Employed: • remove alien vegetation
• plant native species along riparian zones to prevent stream closure
• construct an access trail for the project and for future educational field trips
• conduct a field demonstration day for the public
Pollutants of Concern: Turbidity, suspended solids, nutrients, pathogens
Watershed: Heeia Watershed, island of Oahu
Size of Project: Not defined in report
Affected Water Bodies: Kaneohe Bay

• Project maps
• Hawaiian lecture series information with accompanying photos
• Summer intern training curriculum
• Summer internship program information
• Water quality monitoring data
• A final report on the variation in physiochemical properties of Heeia Stream by two Windward Community College students

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