April Community Event and Earth Day at Ulua Recap

April 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Our  April 8th monthly community event was very exciting! In honor of Earth Day, we invited several local speakers to share their expertise on various areas and issues of the South Maui Ahupua’a.

Robin Knox, a respected water quality scientist, introduced the community to the South West Maui Watershed Project. The audience, as well as all community members, were encouraged to join in the project and have a say in the planning and design of the watershed.

We were all fascinated by the presentation by Andrea Buckman, Project Coordinator for the Leeward Haleakalā Watershed Restoration Partnership. She shared her extensive knowledge of the native plant reforestation projects being conducted in the Ulupalakua area. There are plenty of volunteer activities if you’d like to get out and help see http://www.lhwrp.org and http://www.auwahi.org.

Division of Aquatics Resources Maui Coordinator, Darla White presented the immense changes happening to our coral reef systems.

Teri Leonard then shared, Gyre Project founder, Rich Owen’s program regarding the huge ocean areas full of plastic and how there is hope that we may be able to reverse the problems.

The evening finished with an informative Q&A session with all of the speakers. Mahalo to everyone who took the time to attend and we hope to see you at our next community event.

On Earth Day, April 22nd, the Reef Committee spent the morning at Ulua Beach in Kihei. We talked story with the beachgoers about water quality and visual monitoring techniques. Many people had good questions about the quality of the water and were curious about the various possible sources of pollution. We are looking forward to future water monitoring events which will focus on public involvement and training.

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