Kihei Keiki Monitoring Water Quality

July 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

Do you know what the quality of the water is in which you are diving, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or fishing? The boys and girls at Kihei Youth Center know! We had about 20 students participate in training and sampling exercises.

Maui Dreams, South Maui Sustainability, the Maui Nui Marine Resources Council, and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary are working together to bring the  Turbidity Task Force to the Kihei Youth Center, schools, commercial operations such as Maui Dreams, and anyone else who wants to get involved.

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has just one person monitoring Maui water quality here. He has many other other responsibilities too so there isn’t much monitoring being done. This inspired us to create water sampling kits with simple instructions that allow anyone to assist in gathering information about the quality of our water.

You might be interested to know that the Kihei Youth Center group found that turbidity (cloudiness) of the ocean water in North Kihei was generally better than what the DOH standards mandate with just one high sample. It is important to do recurring and regular sampling to see when changes occur of observe gradual changes.

Anyone can stop into Maui Dreams, pick up a kit, receive about a minute of instruction, then off you go to get a sample from your favorite beach! The results are entered into an online database for future viewing and analysis. If you have any questions about this fun and important program please ask for Teri at Maui Dreams Dive Co. or email her at teri  at southmauisustainability dot org.

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