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‘Storm Water: Can a Problem Become a Resource?’

May 10, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council and Maui Tomorrow Foundation will present the second in a series of flood forums for the South Maui area. "Storm Water: Can a Problem Become a Resource?" will be held at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIJWNMS) on Friday, May 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

South Maui may have escaped flooding this rainy season, but the floods will come again. What happens as more lands are developed, and our deer, goat and pig populations explode, destroying the plants that keep silt on the mountain instead of the reef? Could wasted and destructive storm water be turned into an asset and put to use in dry South Maui?

Bring your ideas to a fun and interactive community talk story with experts including Maui County Planning Department Director David Goode; Pamela Pogue with the Department of Water Supply; and Environmental Coordinator Rob Parsons. Also invited are Anna Faust of Maui County Civil Defense and Ranae Ganske of USDA, Soil & Water Conservation.

The evening will begin with a brief discussion of how to turn storm water into a resource and quickly move to create groups of community members and experts to discuss storm water impacts and what to do about them. A question-and-answer period will follow to provide information on available programs, planning options and other community-based solutions.

The evening's discussion will be integrated into the South West Maui Watershed Plan's implementation document.

Co-sponsors for the event include Kihei Community Association and HIJWNMS. Pupu and beverages will be provided.

The whale sanctuary is located at 726 S. Kihei Road. For further information, call (808) 214-0147.



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