Maui’s Stormwater Educational Program Goes Virtual

On September 22nd, Dr. Daniel Garcia, Civil Engineer for Maui’s Environmental Management section, was invited to deliver a lecture at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s Graduate Seminar. The lecture was delivered via Zoom, a program that allows multiple people to meet over the internet simultaneously, and an indicator of the unique times we are all currently living through. Dr. Garcia’s lecture focused on how water quality can be impacted by stormwater pollution and what the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Maui District (HWY-M) does to mitigate potential pollutants that may be carried off State highways by stormwater runoff. Dr. Garcia’s lecture also touched on the different types of structures that constitute Maui’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) and the six Minimum Control Measures the HWY-M team has implemented as part of their Stormwater Management Plan. While we would love to continue our stormwater educational programs in classrooms this year, the HWY-M team is learning to adapt to the unique challenges we face to continue educating the public.

Q2 2020 No Ka Oi Highway Hui Award Recipient: Kihei-Wailea Medical Center

Congratulations to the Kihei-Wailea Medical Center for earning our No Ka Oi Highway Hui Award for the second quarter of 2020! The Kihei-Wailea Medical Center first became involved with the Adopt-A-Highway Program in 2006. Its staff has taken remarkable care of their adopted portion of the highway along North Kīhei Road near the Maalaea mud flats and Kealia Pond for 14 years! On average, they’ve organized 15 to 25 volunteers to pick up as many as 30 bags of rubbish at a time. That goes a long way toward reducing pollutants from entering the ocean and contaminating our environment. We are pleased to recognize them for their exceptional commitment to this program!

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Want to become involved in the Adopt-A-Highway program? Visit our Adopt-A-Highway page to learn more.