Earth Day 2010 South Maui: From Mauka to Makai

April 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

Thursday, April 8
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Kihei Charter High School

In an early celebration of Earth Day, South Maui Sustainability hosts speakers who are covering important issues affecting our precious environment. The discussion includes updates on The South West Maui Watershed Project, Wetlands Restoration, The Nearshore Reefs Monitoring and Restoration Programs, and the Gyre Cleanup Project where huge islands of plastic have accumulated on the open ocean.

Presenters include:
Robin Knox – An environmental scientist with more than 25 years experience in clean water regulation and pollution control. She specializes in developing water quality-based pollution controls that protect aquatic resources from man-made sources of pollution.

Darla White – Maui coordinator for Hawaii DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources. White coordinates special projects that identify, assess, and/or reduce impacts to coral reef ecosystems and fish populations. She has been a professional research diver in Hawaiian waters for over a decade and has had the rare privilege to work as a scientist with NOAA on three expeditions to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. She is also the Maui Island Coordinator for the Eyes of the Reef Reporting Network, an educational effort to teach ocean users how to identify and discern problems such as coral bleaching and disease, and invasive species, from natural occurrences out on the reef, and how to report them.
(www.reefcheckhawaii.org/eyesofthereef.htm).

Teri Leonard – Manager of Maui Dreams Dive Co. in Kihei where she has worked as a SCUBA instructor for more than 10 years. She is a member of the Maui Nui Marine Resources Council, Project Sea-Link, and chairs the Reef Sustainability Committee of South Maui Sustainability. Leonard is also a member of the Steering Committee of the South West Maui Watershed Project. She is presenting info obtained from The Gyre Project which was developed by Rich Owen, a local SCUBA Instructor and naturalist.

Andrea Buckman – Project Coordinator for the Leeward Haleakalā Watershed Restoration Partnership assists in planning, grant-writing, and implementing native forest restoration currently being conducted across Haleakalā’s south slope. Working in collaboration with the USGS’s Pacific Island Ecosystem Research Center, she and her team work with researchers to develop regional restoration methodology. Andrea has an educational background in biology and environmental management, and began her career in marine sciences as a naturalist and researcher and then shifted her efforts to Hawai’i’s mauka lands and LWHRP where she has worked for three years. She believes that involving the public in science-based conservation is critical to the success of our efforts (www.lhwrp.org, www.auwahi.org).

Presentations are followed by a Q&A session. Attendees are invited to bring potluck-style pupus to share.

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