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Read on for the latest news from HDOT, Highways Division, Oahu District as well as tips to mālama i ka wai, or protect our water!
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Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District - Storm Water Management Program

Kawainui Watershed BMP Project

Construction of the HDOT Highways Kawainui Watershed Storm Water Best Management Practices project was completed in the spring of 2016. The overall goal of this project is to reduce sediment erosion into the HDOT Highways storm water system.

This project included the repair and remediation of five eroded slopes located within HDOT Highways rights-of-way that have the potential to contribute sediment to storm water runoff and the construction of a new storm water treatment settling basin at the inlet to a storm water pipe that was previously completely buried in sediment.
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Ocean debris accumulates around Hawaiian Islands

An aerial survey released in late May showed that thousands of pieces of man-made debris regularly pile up in waters and on shores across the state. 

The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said most of the debris was plastic, wood, fishing gear, and household items that floated on currents and accumulated near the north and east shores of the eight main Hawaiian islands.

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How to Build
a Rain Garden

Storm water runoff is a huge source of water pollution, so preventing as much of it from reaching the storm drain is encouraged.

There’s a perfect way to lessen storm water runoff, one that adds both beauty and a strong dose of environmental sensitivity to your yard — creating a rain garden.
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Construction BMPs: Construction Entrance/Exit Stabilization

DOT-HWYS contractors and consultants, is your construction entrance/exit stabilized?

Proper planning is required to ensure adequate BMPs are installed to prevent off-site tracking of sediment or other pollutants by vehicles exiting construction sites -- and in turn prevent storm water pollution and safety hazards.
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Hurricane Season's impact on storm drains

With July upon us, we are now firmly into the 2016 Pacific Hurricane Season. Although the region is entering a La Niña weather phase, which tends to suppress hurricane activity, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center says we could see an average to above average storm season, which would have a severe impact on our storm drain system.
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Storm Water Management Program Educational Materials honored at Pele Awards

Our educational keiki activity book, called Hawaii Storm Patrol: New Recruits, recently garnered top honors in a prestigious advertising and design competition.

The book and its companion website are deigned to teach Hawaii youths about the importance of keeping the storm water drain system free from trash, debris and chemical pollution.

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DOT’s Q2 2016
Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Spiritual Assembly of Ewa – Oahu (Baha’is of Wahiawa), a chapter of the Baha’i faith, which has been selected as the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s Second Quarter 2016 Adopt-A-Highway Champions!

The Baha’is of Wahiawa have been a part of the Adopt-A-Highway program since 1995, and their quarterly cleanup campaigns bring together the Ewa community of Baha’is, from Aiea to Makakilo.
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Community Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming community events!
July 7: Visit our Protect Our Water booth at Waikiki Aquarium, where you can spin the prize wheel and test your knowledge of storm water pollution prevention!
August 6: Bring your ohana down to Kahala Mall Center for "Yay! Keiki Day" and stop by our Protect Our Water Booth for our famous interactive storm water model, a spin of the prize wheel and more!

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