Oahu SWCDs

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by Ms. Megan O'Brian
Conservation Specialist, Oahu Soil & Water Conservation Districts
at the Hawaii Water Quality Conference 2008

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Oahu SWCDs

  1. 1. O’ahu Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  2. 2. SWCD Background <ul><li>Encourage relations with government agencies, other organizations and the public </li></ul><ul><li>Organized in 1948 to serve as a voice for the conservation movement in Hawai’i. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide conservation planning, technical assistance and public outreach free of charge </li></ul>
  3. 3. SWCD Goals <ul><li>Promote natural resource conservation through responsible land use </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the public about conservation programs </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate cooperation among various agencies in promoting soil and water conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Pursue assistance from all sources to ensure the greatest conservation benefits for O’ahu. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Conservation Planning O‘ahu Statistics: 8,360.48 of 12,328.16 44 since 2008 60 Completed Plans: Acres: Plan Requests:
  5. 5. Non-Point Source Pollution Best Management Practices Permitting Exemptions Streambed Vegetation Vegetative Barriers Erosion Control
  6. 6. Water Management Planning Request a meter recommendation or water management plan Attend a District meeting and sign on as a Cooperator Submit irrigation design or schedule a site visit <ul><li>Meter Recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Letter for BWS </li></ul><ul><li>Water Management Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Letter for BWS </li></ul><ul><li>Design and schedule </li></ul>Send letter to BWS
  7. 7. Technical Assistance <ul><li>Monthly District meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windward O’ahu District </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>West O’ahu District </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cooperator applications </li></ul><ul><li>Answering questions by phone or email </li></ul><ul><li>Public information via http:// www.hacdhawaii.org </li></ul>
  8. 8. Outreach <ul><li>Hawai‘i State & County Farm Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Non-point Source Pollution Presentation with elementary school students </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneer Career Day </li></ul>Ag Awareness Day @ the State Capitol Ag In The City Day @ Honolulu Hale
  9. 9. Outreach <ul><li>Windward Science & Engineering Fair Judging </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrant Farmer Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Erosion Model Presentations </li></ul>Apoha the O‘opu Pioneer Field Day
  10. 10. Conferences <ul><li>Total Maximum Daily Load Conference </li></ul><ul><li>2007 Annual RC&D Pacific Rim Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Water Quality Conference </li></ul><ul><li>HACD Annual Conference </li></ul>
  11. 11. Thank you! Contact Information Megan O’Brian Conservation Specialist [email_address] 483-8600 ext 110

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