Better Public Notice of Beach Pollution in Hawaii

Themes

Chapter: Kauai
State: HI
Country: USA
Theme: Clean Water
Launch Date: January 01 2009
Status: Active

For more info, please contact:

Carl Berg  cberg@pixi.com

Goal
The goal of this campaign is to convince the Hawaii State Department of Health to post warning signs at chronically polluted beaches and at any beach when a Brown Water Advisory is issued, similar to signs posted by lifeguards to warn of rough wave conditions.

The Kaua'i Chapter has been asking the State of Hawaii to monitor more beaches and post warning signs at beaches contaminated with bacterial pollution for years now. State sampling has increased on Kaua'i. Some permanent advisory signs have been posted, but there remain chronically polluted beaches that are not posted. The Chapter's Blue Water Task Force program is currently sampling 20 beaches monthly, providing their own source of water quality information to the public. Visit the BWTF website to see where they are testing and and their latest data.  Click here.

The Chapter is also working cooperatively with the State Department of Health to perform source tracking experiments in the Nawiliwili watershed to find and fix pollution problems.