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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019 – The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) is inviting members of the public to comment on and to provide input on the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for Halau Wai Manoa. The DEA appeared in the August 8, 2019 issue of The Environmental Notice from the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC). Feedback from the community will be accepted until 11:59 PM HST on Monday, September 9, 2019.
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WHAT: The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) is exploring the possibility of creating a place-based, hands-on learning area to promote the goals of forest restoration, watershed protection, water conservation, and sustainable agriculture. This proposed project is conceptualized as a:
Farm (with small ancillary structures) to demonstrate and promote the BWS’s goals of watershed management, water conservation, forest restoration, and sustainable agriculture;
Gathering space for place-based educational programs for schools and other groups (e.g., a traditional meeting hale or similar open-air structure for gathering out of the elements);
Place for hands-on opportunities to learn about watershed protection, sustainable agriculture/living (e.g., establishing and working on lo‘i, gardening/practicing regenerative agricultural methods to grow own food/materials); and
Base for mauka restoration and watershed partnership efforts in Mānoa (e.g., removal of invasive species including ungulate control, forest restoration with site appropriate native species, erosion control/soil stabilization to reduce polluted runoff and sediment loading of the streams).
WHERE: Located in the upper Mānoa Valley (a BWS priority watershed area)
WHO: For school groups and the general public
WHY: To provide an alternative outdoor learning space to learn about watersheds, forest health and watershed protection, water conservation, and sustainable resource management practices. Also, to provide community volunteer opportunities/work days for watershed restoration and sustainable agriculture.
WHEN: TBD (e.g., by appointment or on scheduled open/work days).