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Conservation Specialist Update for Hawaii Island

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  • A watershed plan is a management plan which articulates appropriate context for implementation actions required
  • Mention these with the 3rd bullet(agriculture, forestry, urban, marinas/recreational boating, riparian areas/wetlands, etc.)
  • Consider adding another bullet about the watershed plan---what did it do? Did it do a good job of identifying implementation projects?
  • assist cooperators with conservation planning as well as cost-sharing best management practices (BMPs). Inform community and other farmers re: BMP’s and conservation plans via site visits to participating cooperators
  • ~9000 native plants restored~removing 2000 linear feet of invasive plant species and replanting the area with native flora~10 taro loi installed~3900 volunteer hours
  • Much like Waimanalo E&O is a component to reach out to agricultural producers and local community memebers re: agricultural BMPsSeveral large landowners are in the watershed including syngenta, pioneer and Dow
  • The manuals will also be designed so that differing areas will be covered in detailed (mauka, makai, leeward, windward, etc).
  • Gary’s slides
  • Gary’s slides

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  • 1. Non-Point Source Pollution Programs
    Greg Takeshima
    Environmental Health Specialist
    Dept. of Health, Clean Water Branch
  • 2. Overview
    Polluted Runoff Control Program’s (PRCP) goal: water quality/aquatic ecosystem improvement
    Funding source: Clean Water Act, §319 funding
    2 main project types
  • 3. Polluted Runoff Control Program
    Department of Health
    Health Resources Administration
    Behavioral Health Administration
    Environmental Health Administration
    Environmental Management Division
    • PRCP receives ~$1 M/year
    • 4. 5 positions funded
    • 5. Provide assistance for 319 grant
    • 6. Assist CZM w/ CZARA
    Clean Water Branch
    Polluted Runoff Control Program
  • 7. Funding Basics
    Provides funding assistance to develop and implement watershed plans
    State entities (counties, state agencies, university system, etc) can submit proposals at any time
    Project contracts typically cover 2 years
    Project funding levels vary (~$20k to over $1M)
    Requires 1:1 nonfederal match but this can be in-kind
  • 8. 319 Grant Challenges
    Requires 1:1 nonfederal match
    Reimbursement contract with very limited advance
    Bound by State procurement law
    Short-handed staff means long lead-time
  • 9. FY2011 Request for Proposals and Request for Quotations
    Annual competitive Request for Proposals (RFP): Implementation from a valid watershed plan
    RFP for FY 2011 is currently open and will close Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
    Request for Quotations (RFQ): Draft a watershed based plan using the Hawaii Watershed Guidance for FY 2011 is also currently open and will close Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
    http://healthuser.hawaii.gov/health/environmental/water/cleanwater/prc/grants.html
  • 10. How do we do what we do?
    Watershed plans used to identify implementation needs with 9 key elements
    Focus on restoration of impaired waters (303(d) list; streams, coastal)
    Implementation of WBP via BMP installation or other prescribed management measure
  • 11. Current/Recently Completed Watershed Planning Efforts
    Wailupe Watershed Based Plan
    Completed in 2009
    Funded for 2 implementation projects
    Waiulaula Watershed Based Plan
    Completed in 2009
    Funding for 1 implementation project (MKSWCD)
    Southwest Maui Watershed Based Plan (Hapapa, Wailea, Mo’oloa)
    Hanalei Watershed Based Plan Update (pending)
  • 12. Current 319 Projects
    Waimanalo Stream Restoration and Community Outreach
    Contractor: Oahu RC&D
  • 13. Waimanalo Stream Restoration and Community Outreach
    Objective: Identify water quality issues within the Waimanalo watershed associated with agricultural production
    Results: Estimated sediment load reduction @ 8 cooperator farms = ~29 tons
  • 14. Current 319 Projects
    He’eia Stream Riparian and Water Quality Improvements
    Contractor: Hui O Ko’olaupoko
  • 15. He’eia Stream Riparian and Water Quality Improvements
    Objective: Restore He’eia stream riparian area
    Results: ~4 tons of sediment, ~1000 lbs of N, and ~600 lbs. of P
  • 16. Current 319 Projects
    Reducing Upland Erosion in Wailupe Watershed (pending)
    Contractor: Sustainable Resources Group International Inc.
  • 17. Wailupe Upland Erosion Control
    • Objective: Implement erosion control management practices consisting of 1000 coir logs. The logs will be pre-planted with native flora to encourage deeper ridge stabilization.
  • Current 319 Projects
    Conservation on Agricultural Lands in Honouliuli
    Contractor: Oahu RC&D
    Objective: To control agricultural sedimentation in upper Honouliuli, a series of request for proposals will be issued to cooperators for cost-share implementation of large scale BMPs.
    Results: 3 farms have been selected through the first RFP process. Watershed characterization as well as problem identification sections have been completed for upper Honouliuli WBP.
  • 18. Current 319 Projects
    Hawaii Homeowners Raingarden Manual and Implementation
    Contractor: Hui O Ko’olaupoko
  • 19. Hawaii Homeowners Raingarden Manual and Implementation
    Objective: Create a raingarden manual to inform homeowners of raingardens and their effects. Several raingardens will also be installed at public areas to demonstrate the idea.
  • 20. HACD Conservation Specialists
    Length of contract: June 2002 – Dec. 2011
    Amount funded: $1,171,433
    What DOH expects from CS’:
    Review, complete and follow up on conservation plans submitted to SWCD
    Assist DOH with technical assistance of watershed based planning when applicable
    Education and outreach to communities regarding polluted runoff control
    Newer quarterly status reports greatly increase the quality of information the CS’ report but more information is needed (i.e. which farmer has not completed their conservation plan implementation, etc.)
  • 21. HACD Conservation Specialists
    What DOH needs from HACD for continued support:
    Schedules for each specialist breaking down approximate future dates for inspections and follow ups (old conservation plans as well as new).
    Create a list which prioritizes inspection schedule in priority watersheds (Waimanalo, Hanalei, West Maui, Waiulaula, Maunalua Bay)
    Education and outreach of 319 program to the Agricultural community.
    An “interim report” compiling all the data and stating concisely what DOH paid for in the last 10 years.
  • 22. HACD Conservation Specialists
    Questions which need to be answered in the report to DOH:
    What, if any, have been the water quality improvements?
    What was the impact of the Conservation Specialists re: watershed based plans?
    What worked with the CS project and what hasn’t worked?
    Any suggestions to adding or subtracting conservation specialists?
    Total number of conservation plans produced in 10 years?
  • 23. Thanks!
    Contact Info:
    PRCP Website:
    http://healthuser.hawaii.gov/health/environmental/water/cleanwater/prc/prc/index.html
    Greg Takeshima
    greg.takeshima@doh.hawaii.gov
    808-586-4309
    919 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814