Hawaii Island CS- Spencer Nagata


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Hawaii Island CS- Spencer Nagata

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