This week we co-coordinated a workshop for West Maui property managers all about dealing with stormwater, including Low Impact Design, "Good Housekeeping," and other Best Management Practices. The workshop included a tour of West Maui facilities for an insider look into some novel projects and approaches currently being implemented in West Maui. Check out this photo album on Facebook with detailed captions of our site visits, and the presentations we shared. The slides in this album were prepared and presented by Lauren Roth Venu of Roth Ecological Design Int. LLC. Project partners included West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative, the West Maui Kumuwai campaign, Coral Reef Alliance, and Project S.E.A.-Link. Mahalo to project sponsors the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Another big mahalo to all those who attended and are putting these strategies into practice at their properties!
There are many things that can be done at a property level to reduce polluted runoff, from easy and small-scale to more involved. However, they may not always be recognizable if you don't know what to look for. The good news is that there are already a lot of great practices already in place within the condominium properties in Honokowai we're aiming to work with, so we put together a gallery to showcase some of of the examples we've encountered. (To display the captions for each photo, hover your cursor over the image)
The Kuleana is the only property in the Honokowai area with a stenciled storm drain, reminding residents that the drain leads to the ocean and is very different from the sanitary sewer system, which takes water off property to the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility, to be treated for disposal (via injection wells) or reuse for irrigation purposes to the properties connected to the County's R1 system.
A baseyard and storage area at Nohonani. The shed ensures that any chemicals (such as those in cleaning supplies, fertilizers, paints, etc.) are contained, so that stormwater runoff won’t pick up any leaks or spills if it rains or when gear or equipment is being washed down nearby. The impermeable surface in this area is useful to contain any spills as well, so they can be cleaned up instead of infiltrating into the ground.