Hui O Ka Wai Ola partners from the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, The Nature Conservancy, the Ridge to Reef Initiative, and University of Hawai'i participated in the 2017 Hawai'i Conservation Conference on O'ahu from July 18-20. The water quality program partners presented and provided support during a 2-hour forum on July 18th titled “Water Quality Monitoring 101 Training: Citizen Science + Quality Assurance = Actionable Data that Improves Hawaii’s Waters”. Participants were walked through the steps of creating a quality assured, volunteer-based, monitoring program for their community and given a live demonstration of sampling techniques and protocols. Other speakers include Stuart Coleman from Surfrider and Erica Perez from Coral Reef Alliance.
On June 30, MACZAC (Marine And Coastal Zone Advocacy Council) selected Hui O Ka Wai Ola as one of the 2017 recipients of the Douglas Tom "Thumbs-Up" Award. The award is designed to recognize the contributions of organizations in Hawai'i that address these three goals:
Congratulations Hui Volunteers and Committee Members for all of your hard work recognized, and mahalo nui MACZAC for the award!
The Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) has been approved by the DOH ~ ensuring quality data from Hui O Ka Wai Ola!
A Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for Hui O Ka Wai Ola has recently been approved and signed by the Hawai'i Department of Health (DOH) Clean Water Branch! This means that the data gathered by Hui O Ka Wai Ola's Clean Water Team can be integrated with information from the DOH, expanding data gathering efforts beyond the single Health Department employee responsible for all water-quality monitoring on Maui.
The state officially signed off on the program Feb. 28, 2017 - a groundbreaking agreement for Maui Nui. Hui volunteers, however, have been collecting data under the QAPP standards since June 2016 after receiving a verbal OK from the Health Department, which was giving the plan its final review at the time.
Hui O Ka Wai Ola volunteers will be following the QAPP’s strict monitoring methods on a periodic schedule to cover all conditions and not focusing on rain or tide events. The current schedule calls for collecting data every three weeks by three teams with responsibilities for six sites each. The teams are currently monitoring for nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous from runoff, which can damage coral reefs and fish habitats, ocean salinity, acidity content, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and suspended sediment in the water.
The approved QAPP can be found below, and also on our FOR VOLUNTEERS page under "Regulatory."
We will be hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lahainaluna High School Cafeteria! The meeting will address concerns about brown water and what to do about it. Light pupus will be provided. For more information, please check out our articles in Maui Now and Lahaina News.