Blue Water Task Force, Water Quality, Illness, Public Notification
May 18 2016

Disappearing Signs at the Beach

by Mara Dias

Local residents of Kaua'i are fed up with the State's refusal to post warning signs at the beach where polluted streams empty into the ocean.  Read the back story here:  shouldnt-someone-be-warning-the-public-of-dangerous-bacteria-levels?

A local community organization, Friends of Mahaulepu, have gone ahead and posted a sign at the mouth of the Waiopili Stream warning beachgoers of the contamination.  The Kaua'i Chapter has been documenting bacteria levels at this site that are up to 100 times greater than the health standard and have been advocating for proper signage at the beach so beach goers know to stay out.  

The sign posted by the Friends of Mahaulepu did not last long at the beach before it was taken down.   They vow to continue their efforts, however, until the state takes appropriate action to protect public health and ultimately find and fix the sources of pollution into the Waiopili Stream.  Read more on the gardenisland.com.

You can participate in Surfrider's Action Alert and ask the Hawaii Department of Health to post warning signs at the beach whenever bacteria levels exceed health standards by clicking here.