Water Use | Solutions for Water Use
SUBSCRIBE | DIRECTORY | ADVERTISE | CONTACT | ABOUT US |  
SITEMAP CERTIFICATIONS DIRECTORY B TO B CONSUMER COMPLIANCE MARKETING LEADERSHIP


Free, Online
Green Company Directory
Solution-Specific for Consumers, Commercial and Industrial Applications. CLICK!

HOME > Outreach for Water Conservation > EPA WaterSense

Community Action for a Renewed Environment program by EPA protects streams and subsistence

The EPA's Community Action for a Renewed Environment program is a competitive grant program that offers communities an innovative way to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment. The program encourages local organizations, including non-profits, businesses, schools and governments create partnerships that implement local solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them, improving the environment through local action.

Find green business solutions

The EPA's Community Action for a Renewed Environment program is a competitive grant program that offers communities an innovative way to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment. The program encourages local organizations, including non-profits, businesses, schools and governments create partnerships that implement local solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them, improving the environment through local action.

$93,256 in Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program funding has been awarded to the Waianae Coast of Hawaii for a great start on this important community project to protect local streams and ocean waters.
 

The funding will be used for the Ka Wai Ola O Waianae Moku project to assess how human activities near and in streams are adversely affecting subsistence and recreation use of near-shore waters along the Waianae Coast.


The Pacific American Foundation will be assisting the community in managing the project. An additional $50,000 worth of EPA Pacific Southwest Region contractor assessment funding is also being put toward the effort.

"The project will involve stakeholders and community members throughout the Waianae Coast in assessing and prioritizing potential toxic risks in their streams," said Yoshii. "This is the first step toward reducing the toxic impacts in the local area. I am pleased that EPA can play an ongoing role in these efforts to reduce toxics and achieve a healthier environment here on the Waianae Coast."

The project will focus on four streams - Nanakuli, Ulehawa, Kaupuni, and Makaha - by gathering and consolidating existing water quality data and conducting site walks to gather visual data.

The project goals include:
 

  • · Engaging youth at intermediate, high school and university levels to understand the risks associated with pollutants. The goal is then for the youth to engage their communities to reduce risks associated with environmental pollutants.
  • · Wai`anae Coast community members will be assembled to develop locally-appropriate indicators, select benchmarks, create issue profiles, rank issues, and set priorities.
  • · The final product will be the development of an action plan to address water quality issues in the four streams and near-shore waters along the Wai`anae Coast, which will serve as a basis for further funding through the CARE Level II cooperative agreement proposal.

Fear of Swimming in Streams and Ocean

"The water in the streams used to flow. We swam in the streams in the summer because it was so hot. It was clean, peaceful, with no rubbish. But today, we are afraid to swim in our streams and ocean," said Waianae Coast residents, Pake Salmon, Christina Cunningham, and Rochelle Lendt. "We appreciate the EPA funding Ka Wai Ola O Waianae Moku to help us restore our streams. We need to bring awareness and education to the community on how their activities impact our land and steams."

For more information on CARE please visit: http://www.epa.gov/air/care/index.htm


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 6/30/2009
RELATED ARTICLES

Community Water Quality Standards Provide Many Uses

TAG SEARCH

| EPA water quality | marine ecosystems | epa funding |
SUBSCRIBE to GREENLINES
Greenlines Business and Consumer Newsletter
BONUS DOWNLOAD (PDF)
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

SUBSCRIBE HERE
Archives: GreenLines

GREEN CAREERS
FEATURED THIS MONTH
Solutions For Remodeling
ADVERTISE

To sponsor this website or one of our specialized green solution media, call Carolyn Allen, publisher, at 310-736-4770.

We also provide a green company directory at www.SolutionsForGreen.com and for a limited time, your listing -- including the "Expanded Listing" is free. Check it out... we hope you will help inform and connect with our growing community who seriously want to find high performance green products and services.

Water Use | Solutions for Water Use