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Natural Resources Extension

Project Name: Control of Alien Invasive Species and Trash in Kaelepulu Pond
ASO Log No.: 04-295
Start/End Date: April 2004 to October 2005
Federal Funds: $35,300.00
Matching Funds: $36,541.00
Contractor: Robert Bourke
Enchanted Lake Residents Association
437 Keolu Drive
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: (808) 256-2057
While mangroves play an important role in their natural ecosystems in other parts of the world, in Hawaii they are alien and invasive species with few supportive environmental aspects. They do not typically support enhanced water quality objectives.
Objectives/Goals: To support community efforts at clearing storm-sewer derived debris and invasive mangroves from the Kaelepulu Pond while educating the surrounding grade schools about nonpoint source pollution and engendering a sense of stewardship in the watershed community.
Methods Employed: Quarterly clean-up of floating trash and debris. Survey of the Pond surface for trash on a bi-monthly basis. Manual and chemical control and removal of mangrove using commercial tree trimmer followed by volunteer efforts. Environmental education of 5th graders in four public schools in surrounding neighborhood.
Pollutants of Concern: Yellow tanic acid from mangrove
Watershed: Koolaupoko Watershed, island of Oahu
Size of Project: 80 acres
Affected Water Bodies: Kaelepulu Stream and Pond (Enchanted Lake) and Kailua Bay
Deliverables: 5th grade class projects featured on school web sites
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