Sunday, March 14, 2010

Volunteers Needed for Maunalua Bay

Maunalua Bay - our front door - is in trouble. As reported by Honolulu Advertiser, "Decades of polluted run-off have damaged this treasure. To save it, we have to take immediate steps, starting with an understanding of what's in it.

"Malama Maunalua, in partnership with the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program, coordinates Mauka Watch, a program that trains volunteers to monitor the watersheds that empty into Maunalua Bay.

"Volunteers learn how to test water quality for damaging pollutants, and contribute valuable data to bay restoration. The Mauka Watch program augments the Makai Watch program, which educates about and monitors marine resources.

"A workshop is being offered March 25 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) and 27 (2-5 p.m.) to train new volunteers. This is an opportunity to learn about the watersheds and work with the community to restore Maunalua Bay. Volunteers are needed to attend two training sessions and conduct monthly monitoring starting in April.

"To register, contact Jolie Wanger at, or call 808-744-0052."

Malama Maunalua is a community organization formed to preserve the Bay and restore the health of the waters. Read more about their restoration efforts on my web site blog, Maunalua Bay to Benefit from Stimulus Money.

We all need to appreciate and protect the natural resources which nurture and make Hawaii Kai what it is. Malama Maunalua needs our support.

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