Maui Tomorrow Foundation last week announced a new smart phone application, CleanAirMaui, as part of the foundation's Clean Air for Keiki campaign. This free app for iPhone, Blackberry and Android enables community members to use their smart phones to report incidents of excessive cane smoke, ash and fugitive dust to the state Department of Health's Clean Air Branch (CAB), the Mayor's Office; and the Environmental Protection Agency.
While links for reporting these issues have been available on the Clean Air for Keiki Website (cleanairforkeiki.org) since early this year, not all reports included the information needed by CAB for accurate investigation.
"To make complaints about violations, the department says they need complete information--time, location, photos," said Irene Bowie, Maui Tomorrow's executive director. "This app empowers the community with accurate reporting to push for better air quality."
According to Hawai'i Health Matters' indicators for respiratory disease, Maui County ranks second to Hawai'i County for adults and children with asthma. The campaign is working with the state Department of Health for stricter enforcement of restrictions on HC&S burn permits (not burning fields on days with variable wind and/or vog), and better mitigation measures against fugitive dust from fields.
The campaign's ultimate goal is to move sugar cane burning to green harvesting, thereby eliminating smoke, increasing organic matter in the soil and protecting it from erosion.
To download the app, enter CleanAirMaui in your phone's app store.
Visit www.cleanairforkeiki.org or call Maui Tomorrow at (808) 244-7570 for more information.