Community Presentation of BWTF Data in Kaua’i
February 26 2013 | Blue Water Task Force,
by Mara Dias
The Kaua'i Chapter's BWTF has always done a good job of communicating its data to their members, with the State Beach program, and out in the local community. Continuing this good effort, Dr. Carl Berg, Chapter Chair, gave a presentation at the Hale Halawai Community Center in Hanalei recently where he describes where both Surfrider and the Hawaii State Department of Health are testing, what results they are finding and what is being done to track and fix the sources of pollution on Kaua'i.
HANALEI — Carl Berg, chairman of the Surfrider Foundation of Kaua‘i, said recently that while Kaua‘i’s beaches and surf spots remained, on the whole, pretty clean, Kaua‘i’s rivers remain contaminated with bacteria.
“If you are going to ask the Department of Health, ‘Are our (ocean) waters polluted?’” Berg said, “On the basis of their sampling … there (are) only two places (the Hanalei River at Weke Road and Hanama‘ulu Beach Park) really that can be considered polluted. And those are really at the river mouths, they’re not the beach areas.”
Berg presented the latest information on water quality in front of a small crowd at Hale Halawai Community Center in Hanalei recently. Most of Kaua‘i’s beaches and surf breaks met DOH water quality standards during 2012, the island’s rivers and streams, affected by run-off and ground water contamination, are polluted, he said.
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