Zero-Waste Cooking this Thanksgiving

Holidays can be stressful, but deciding what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers should be a piece of cake! Get creative with these recipes made from Thanksgiving staples like turkey, bread and veggies. Turkey Holiday Hash: If guests didn’t gobble up all the turkey this year, grab some dressing, gravy and fresh savory ingredients to […]

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How to Be “Green” on Black Friday

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, millions of shoppers around the world will soon be flocking to malls, department stores and retailers in celebration of the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. Although this unofficial shopping bonanza creates opportunities for bargain hunters to save on their favorite brand names, Black Friday also generates […]

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BMP Tip: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans

What is a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)? Do you have a plan in place that identifies potential sources of storm water pollution on your construction project and best management practices and procedures to be implemented throughout all phases of construction to minimize the amount of pollutants in storm water? Construction sites are dynamic, […]

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Storm Water Treatment BMPs and Maintenance

Over the past several years the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division (DOT-HWYS) has continued to design and construct permanent storm water treatment best management practices (PBMPs) as part of their Post-Construction Storm Water Management Program, Action Plan for Retrofitting Structural BMPs, and Trash Reduction Plan. As of the summer of 2018 there […]

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Make a Difference Month

Across the nation, millions of people will be joining forces this October to celebrate “Make A Difference Month.” In Hawaii, the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Highways Division is calling all keiki, kupuna, and concerned local residents to “make a difference” by helping prevent storm water pollution throughout October in celebration of Make […]

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2018 Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Champions

Congratulations to the Honolulu Crew for winning the Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Quiz Competition. The training and quiz event took place in July, with heavy competition between the 13 maintenance crews. The Honolulu Crew had the highest average score on the post-training quiz (average of 19.45 points out of 20 possible). As the […]

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DOT HWYS Oahu’s Q3 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Kaneohe Bay Base Fuels, HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s Third Quarter 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their route is from Kaimalolo Place and Kamaka Place in Kaneohe. “As members of the U.S. Navy and Marines, we feel it is our duty to maintain our island home and protect its natural beauty,” said Ronald Watters from […]

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Construction BMP Tip: Types of Erosion

Is erosion occurring on your project? Erosion is the process by which soil particles are removed from the land surface by wind, water, or gravity. Sedimentation occurs when soil particles erode and then settle out. While natural erosion occurs at slow rates, erosion can be accelerated as a result of ground disturbing activities on construction […]

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High-Performance Mulch Application

As part of the Permanent Erosion Control Program, DOT-HWYS continues to repair areas of erosion along state highways. For this site along Kalanianaole Highway in Kailua, traditional landscaping methods could not be used due to its steep, unstable, and irregular terrain. In order to allow the existing trees, and their root systems to remain undisturbed […]

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How to “Upcycle” Your Laundry Detergent Container Into a Beach Bucket

Summer is for beach days, and what’s a beach day without fun toys? Follow this simple DIY to make a recycled beach bucket. When you’ve used up your laundry detergent, don’t throw away the container! Upcycle the container into a beach bucket. Simply cut off the bottom of the container, preferably at an angle, and […]

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Make Your Own Mini Greenhouse

If you have limited space and a green thumb, try this simple DIY to make your own miniature greenhouse! All you have to do is remove the bottom of a large plastic bottle (preferably a gallon jug), unscrew the cap, place over a seedling, and you have a greenhouse! Although simple, it is surprisingly effective […]

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Recap of School Visits

As the 2017 – 2018 school year comes to a close, we say “Mahalo” to all the students and teachers who participated in our school presentations! This year, our Storm Water team visited the following schools to share information about Oahu’s storm drains and tips on how to prevent storm water pollution. Pohakea Elementary School […]

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DOT HWYS Oahu’s Q2 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & IMF 1st Class Association, HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s Second Quarter 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their route is from Kamehameha Highway (from the H1 underpass) to Honomanu Street. Members of the First Class Petty Officer’s Association (FCPOA) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) […]

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Construction BMP Tip: Material Storage

Are your construction materials properly stored on your project to minimize storm water pollution? During construction, storing various types of material is needed and proper handling is required to prevent and reduce storm water pollution. Establishing practices and procedures for handling and storing construction materials through the life of a project can minimize the potential […]

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Eroded Slope Repair

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District (DOT-HWYS) continued repairing areas of erosion along its roadways during 2017. As part of the Permanent Erosion Control Program, DOT-HWYS completed permanent repairs at thirteen sites in 2017, in addition to fourteen sites completed in 2016. These erosion repair projects occurred along the H-1 […]

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Home Water Conservation

Compared to other states across the nation, water conservation has been a prevalent practice throughout Hawaii’s history in which residents are encouraged to proactively conserve our island’s natural resources. From cleaning dishes, taking showers, and flushing toilets, our daily tasks add up and can result in many gallons of water being used every month. Conserving […]

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How To Organize Sustainably

Are you looking to step into spring with a clean start? Look no further than your own home, as one man’s trash can turn into another man’s treasure. Stay organized and try these thrifty DIY crafts to help manage household clutter and keep reusable items from adding up in the garbage.  

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DOT-HWYS Oahu’s Q1 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters of Hawaii, HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s First Quarter 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their route is along Vineyard Boulevard to Country Club Road in Nu’uanu. “At Tenrikyo, we teach that by helping our community we too will receive the grace that drives us to be better people for others,” said Noriaki Sakagami […]

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Downspout Filters

Have you ever wondered where storm water runoff from elevated highways and bridges goes? These structures typically have drain inlets that are connected to pipes that convey the storm water, along with trash and other pollutants, to the ground, or storm system below. As part of the Action Plan for Retrofitting Structural BMPs DOT-HWYS recently […]

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Construction BMP Tip: Mulching

Do you have exposed soils on your construction project that need to be protected from water and wind erosion? During construction, ground disturbing activities often result in areas of exposed soils susceptible to erosion. If a prolonged period of time is expected where construction activity will cease or construction activities are complete, stabilizing disturbed areas […]

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Rainy Season Tips

It’s rainy season in Hawaii, and while it has its positive affects, it also leads to pollutants being washed into our storm drains and into the ocean. Here are a few reminders on how you can help to keep our storm drains free of these harmful items.      

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2017 Protect Our Water Conference

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) welcomed approximately 400 at its Annual Protect Our Water Conference at the Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms. A collaboration between the DOT Highways, Airports, and Harbors Divisions, the conference focused on implementing Best Management Practices on construction projects to prevent storm water pollution, and featured various local and mainland speakers.

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DOT-HWYS Oahu’s Q4 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Kapolei Sunset for being HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s Fourth Quarter 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their route is along Farrington Highway from Kalaeloa Blvd. overpass in Kapolei to the Koʻolina exit, totaling approximately 1.5 miles. “As volunteers from the Rotary Kapolei Sunset Club, we are dedicated to serving our community by […]

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State launches “Trash Free Hawaii” campaign

“The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division, Oahu District’s Storm Water Management Program commissioned two new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) as part of its Trash Free Hawaii campaign. The goal of the campaign is to combat littering on Hawaii’s roadways, beaches, and waterways.”

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Trash-free Hawaii is a clean goal

“Littering, of course, is not a new problem on Kauai, or anywhere, for that matter. Sadly, we have all likely contributed to the mess out there, in one way or another. It’s not just gathering along our highways, at our beaches and in the water, but that’s where most people see it.”

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DOT HWYS Oahu’s Q3 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to Samahang Ilocano International, DOT-HWYS Third Quarter 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their two routes are along Farrington Highway from Kapakahi Stream Bridge to Waiawa Interchange (H-1), and Kalihi Street/Likelike Highway. “We believe in community service and helping to make America beautiful, especially Hawaii,” said Amado I. Yoro, Samahang Ilocano International. Special thanks to the volunteers […]

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2017 Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Champions

It’s a tie! Congratulations to the Hauula and Wahiawa Crews for winning the Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Quiz Competition. The training and quiz event took place in July, with heavy competition between the 13 maintenance crews. This year’s competition proved to be more competitive than most as both crews scored the maximum possible […]

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Eroded Outfall Repairs

Storm water from roadways typically drains through a network of pipes (the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or “MS4”) to outfall locations into stream channels, or directly to the ocean. Over time, the pipes and outfall structures at many of these locations have degraded, resulting in soil erosion and negative water quality impacts. As part […]

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Eco-friendly Home Improvement

Did you know that some chores and housework can actually be the source of water pollution? Here are some tips you can take toward an eco-friendly household.    

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Construction BMP Tip: Check Dams

How can you slow down water and prevent erosion or scour in a channel or ditch on your project? Implementing effective best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the velocity of water in channels and ditches should be considered during construction activities to reduce the potential for erosion and scour which can result in polluted discharges. […]

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Trash Free Hawaii Campaign

Our storm drain system leads directly into the ocean, so any debris or waste that enters the storm drain is untreated. This can negatively affect the water quality and marine life. Join the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s (DOT-HWYS) Storm Water Management Program in working towards a #TrashFreeHawaii. In addition […]

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Construction BMP Tip: Dust Control

Do you have open disturbed areas or unprotected stockpiles on your construction project? Do you have unpaved construction roads where trucks and equipment potentially generate dusty conditions? If so, you probably need to think about implementing dust control measures. The purpose of dust control on construction projects is to minimize erosion due to wind and […]

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How to Build a Rain Garden

Building a rain garden is a great way to reduce storm water pollution while also providing an excellent water source for a garden in your own backyard. A rain garden is designed to be a self-watering garden that receives and channels storm water run-off from the roof. To get started on building your own rain […]

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Central Oahu Best Management Practices, Eroded Slope Repairs, Phase 2

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District (DOT-HWYS) is actively implementing their Permanent Erosion Control Program by repairing eroded slopes along, and under, their Highways. Some of these eroded sites occur at underpasses where establishing vegetation is extremely difficult due to constant shading from the freeway, steep slopes, and poor soil […]

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Everyday Tips for Trash Reduction

A majority of the waste produced within residential homes consists of recyclable paper, aluminum, glass and plastic. Here are some tips on how you can reduce the amount of trash produced in your home.        

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DOT-HWYS Oahu’s Q2 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to East Oahu Realty, DOT-HWYS Oahu District’s Second Quarter 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their route is along Kalanianaole Highway between Sea Life Park and Waimanalo. “East Oahu Realty is pleased and proud to be able to maintain one of the most stunning scenic views on the Windward side,” said Jane J. Davis of East Oahu […]

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Trash Free Hawaii Rainworks Campaign

In February, the HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s Storm Water Management Program unveiled a new #TrashFreeHawaii campaign to promote the importance of trash reduction and preventing storm water pollution. The campaign incorporates the use of Rainworks, a non-toxic environmentally safe super-hydrophobic invisible spray that appears only on rainy days. Rainworks creates rain-activated positive messages and is […]

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Construction BMP Tip: Concrete Washout

Will you be working with concrete on your project? Do you have a designated area for concrete washout water? Implementing proper best management practices (BMPs) to contain concrete washout water during construction activities should be considered to prevent it from discharging to a drainage system or receiving water body. Managing concrete waste and washout water […]

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Zero Waste Grocery Shopping

Food packaging can make up a large portion of weekly waste in any household. Many people make weekly visits to the grocery store and don’t realize it’s one of the easiest and biggest ways to make an impact. Here are some tips to reduce waste with each trip to the grocery store:   Ask yourself […]

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DOT-HWYS Oahu’s Q1 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Bravo Company, 715th MI Battalion, HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s First Quarter 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their route for the Adopt-A-Highway program is along Kunia Road. “Our group of volunteers like to give something back to the community that supports us so well,” said SPC Matthew Chebetar of the Bravo Company, 715th MI Battalion. […]

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Kaneohe Watershed Storm Water Best Management Practices on Oahu

The Kaneohe Watershed Storm Water Best Management Practices (BMP) on Oahu project is part of the HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s ongoing effort to reduce pollution from storm water runoff. Storm water from roadways typically drains through a network of pipes (the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or “MS4”) directly to outfall locations into stream channels, […]

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Construction BMP Tip: Slope Protection

Do you have adequate protection on your slopes to minimize the potential for erosion during construction activity? Implementing effective best management practices (BMPs) to temporary stabilize disturbed soil on slopes should be considered during construction activities to reduce the potential for erosion which can result in polluted discharges. The purpose of slope protection during construction […]

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Protect Our Water Conference A Success!

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation’s annual Protect Our Water Conference was again a great success this year, as more than 350 contractors and State staff converged upon the Kroc Center on November 16th for a half-day of training on compliance tips, state regulations, and best management practices. After a welcome and introduction to […]

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Rainy Season Tips to Protect Our Storm Drains

It’s “winter” in Hawaii, what’s known as our rainy season. While the rains replenish the islands’ water sources, revitalize our forests and gardens, and refresh our watersheds, they also have the potential to wash pollutants into our storm drains, which can end up in our ocean. We can all do our part to help storm […]

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DIY Green Cleaners

It’s easier than you think to keep your home clean and protect our storm drains at the same time with homemade, environmentally friendly household cleaners. Here are some recipes with ingredients that you probably already have.      

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Eroded Slope Repairs

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District (DOT-HWYS) has been very busy over the last year repairing eroded slopes along its highways as part of the Permanent Erosion Control Program. Since the start of 2016 permanent erosion repair projects have been completed at 14 sites, island wide. If you drive on […]

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DOT-HWYS Oahu’s Q4 2016 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force West, which has been selected as the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s Fourth Quarter 2016 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! The Joint Inter-Agency Task Force West route for the Adopt-A-Highway program is on Farrington Highway from the Kapalaau Bridge to Ku Place. “Even though our Adopt-a-Highway […]

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DOT-HWYS Oahu’s Q3 2016 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to HC&D Kapaa Quarry, which has been selected as the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s Third Quarter 2016 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Linda Goldstein, Manager, Environmental & Community Affairs for HC&D, LLC, says the most unusual items they find are identification cards of all types, especially military ID’s and drivers licenses. “One of the […]

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Highways Debris Cleaning Assessment

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District (DOT-HWYS) is nearing the completion of its two-year data collection period for its Debris Cleaning Assessment. In October 2014, DOT-HWYS embarked on a study aimed to better understand how effective street sweeping is in reducing pollution from our highways. Street sweeping has been identified […]

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How to Build a Rain Barrel

Water Harvesting Humans have been harvesting rainwater for as long as history has been recorded. Records show that rainwater cisterns were in use in ancient societies across the globe dating back to at least 3,000 years ago. China, Egypt, and Rome all had sophisticated collection systems for storing water, and the Romans actually used a […]

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How to Choose Plants for a Rain Garden

In our July e-newsletter, we shared some tips on how to create a rain garden. One very important aspect of a rain garden is the flowers and shrubbery that are planted within it, which help to absorb the water and filter out impurities before they seep underground. Not all plants are appropriate; the ones that […]

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IUCN World Conservation Congress

Hawaii was front and center in the eyes of environmentalists the world over as thousands of attendees gathered for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu from September 1 – 10 at the Waikiki Convention Center. This marked the first time that the event was being held in the United States, and attendees were […]

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Kaneohe Watershed soil roughening

Construction BMPs: Soil Roughening

Why is soil roughening important on construction sites? Preventing erosion, capturing sediment, and establishing vegetation on construction projects are all practices that should be implemented during soil disturbing activities. Soil roughening is a best management practice (BMP) to prepare surface soils for the implementation of additional BMPs, prevent erosion and sedimentation, and establish vegetation. Roughening […]

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Baseyard Storm Water Training 2016 winners

2016 Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Champions

Congratulations to the Electrical Crew, based out of the Keehi Baseyard, for winning our Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training quiz competition! The training and quiz competition was held in July with 13 maintenance crews, and the Electrical Crew earned the highest average score of 19 out of 20 points on the post-training quiz. As […]

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Construction BMPs: Construction Entrance/Exit Stabilization

Is your construction entrance/exit stabilized? Tracking sediment from construction sites onto roadways can cause storm water pollution, as well as safety hazards. Proper planning is required to ensure adequate best management practices (BMPs) are installed to prevent off-site tracking of sediment or other pollutants by vehicles exiting construction sites. When choosing the type of BMPs […]

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Hurricane Season could impact the storm drain system

With July upon us, we are now firmly into the 2016 Pacific Hurricane Season. Although the region is entering a La Niña weather phase, which tends to suppress hurricane activity, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center says we could see an average to above average storm season, which would translate to four to seven named tropical […]

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Kawainui Watershed Storm Water BMP project

Construction of the HDOT Highways Kawainui Watershed Storm Water Best Management Practices project was completed in the spring of 2016. The overall goal of this project is to reduce sediment erosion into the HDOT Highways storm water system. This project included the repair and remediation of five eroded slopes located within HDOT Highways rights-of-way that […]

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Ocean debris accumulates around Hawaiian Islands

An aerial survey released in late May showed that thousands of pieces of man-made debris regularly pile up in waters and on shores across the state. The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) released a statement saying that much of the debris was tossed into the Pacific, and made its way to […]

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Storm Water Management Program educational materials honored at 2016 Pele Awards

An educational keiki activity book created for the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Highways Division, Oahu District, Storm Water Management Program recently garnered top honors in a prestigious advertising and design competition. The book, called Hawaii Storm Patrol: New Recruits, and its companion website are designed to teach Hawaii youths about the importance of keeping […]

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Adopt-A-Highway Champions, Second Quarter 2016

Congratulations to the Spiritual Assembly of Ewa – Oahu (Baha’is of Wahiawa), a chapter of the Baha’i faith, which has been selected as the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s Second Quarter 2016 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! “We are proud to contribute to the betterment of society through these quarterly highway cleanups,” said Hartson Doak of […]

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How to Build a Rain Garden

It happens every time a heavy downpour occurs – rainwater flows out of your home’s downspouts, sending streams of water across your lawn and driveway, where it collects fertilizer, dirt, debris, and chemicals, and then runs into the storm drain. Storm water runoff is a huge source of water pollution, so preventing as much of […]

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Ala Wai Watershed Storm Water Best Management Practices on Oahu Project

In order to keep roadways safe for driving, they are designed and constructed to allow storm water runoff to drain quickly and efficiently to the road shoulder. Storm water runoff from the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division’s (DOT-HWYS) roadways typically drains through a network of pipes (the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, […]

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Construction BMPs for Protecting Stockpiles

Is your stockpile protected? Stockpiling material on construction sites is almost always needed at some point during the life of a project, so proper planning is needed to ensure that adequate best management practices (BMPs) are in place to prevent stockpiled material from polluting storm water. BMPs for protecting stockpiles include adequate cover or temporary […]

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Storm Water Hawaii Exhibit’s New Home at Sea Life Park

Thanks to a partnership with Sea Life Park, the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s Storm Water Management Program was able to place illustrated posters at the Touch Pool attraction in 2014 that described the process by which storm water made its way to the ocean, and how trash, chemicals, and […]

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Common storm water pollutants

Common Storm Water Pollutants

We hear all the time about the different pollutants that can flow into the storm drain system, and then to our ocean waters. But what are the most common storm water pollutants, and how do they adversely affect the environment? Here’s a quick reminder of all the damage pollutants can do… Basically storm water pollutants […]

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Common storm water terms and definitions

Common Storm Water Terms and Definitions

If you’ve ever read an article about the storm drain system and wondered about some of the terms commonly used to describe it, then you’re in luck — we have your answers here! What follows is a list of definitions for some commonly used storm water terms. BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE (BMP): Schedules of activities, prohibition […]

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Adopt-A-Highway Champions First Quarter 2016

Congratulations to DTRIC Insurance Company, which has been selected as the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s First Quarter 2016 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! DTRIC Insurance Company, Ltd. 1600 Kapiolani Blvd. #1520 Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

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Hawaii Storm Patrol Launch

In November, the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District unveiled a bright, colorful, and new outreach effort to educate keiki about the importance of keeping our storm drain system free from pollutants… Introducing the new Hawaii Storm Patrol: New Recruits activity book! The activity book helps keiki learn about how the […]

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Tips For Reducing Storm Water Runoff From Your Yard

As many are aware, storm water runoff from yards has the potential to wash debris, fertilizers, and other pollutants down drains and into our water sources. But few know about how we can limit that runoff, thereby helping to protect our precious streams, rivers, and ocean. Here are a few tips on reducing storm water […]

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DOT’s Q4 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Federal Managers Association, 19 Pearl Harbor Area Chapter, which has been selected as the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s Fourth Quarter 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Quintal says during quarterly cleanups, their volunteers find the usual expected debris – bottles, cans, boxes, and cigarette butts. But during one cleanup, […]

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Common Storm Water Pollutants and Their Impacts

We know that allowing debris, chemicals, and other pollutants into our storm water system will have terrible repercussions for our water sources. But what is the real danger inherent in these storm water pollutants? The Ocean Conservancy provides this look:

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How to select perimeter controls for your next construction project

Perimeter controls on construction projects are a temporary best management practice (BMP) for sediment control. Used along the site perimeter, around temporary stockpiles, at the toe of a slope and downslope of exposed areas, perimeter controls keep sediment and potential pollutants contained, preventing them from entering our storm drains and negatively affecting Hawaii’s streams and […]

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Liliha St. BMPs

Liliha Street Rehabilitation Project

The State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District has numerous roadway construction projects going on at any given time that vary in size and complexity. However, one thing that remains the same for all construction projects regardless of the size of the project or area of land disturbance, is the need to […]

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Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training quick winners

Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Champions

Congratulations to the Wahiawa Crew for winning the Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Quiz Competition! The training and quiz event took place in July, with heavy competition among the 13 participating maintenance crews. At the end of the day the Wahiawa Crew came out on top, with a scintillating performance that saw them with […]

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2015 HDOT Permanent BMP training event

August BMP Training Recap

Thanks to all who attended and took part in August’s Permanent BMP training event! On August 27th, DOT Highways held a daylong training to help prepare designers to implement new best management practices (BMPs) for permanent storm water controls. Statewide standards for implementing permanent BMPs are changing, and new standards are going into effect on […]

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Upcoming: Annual Construction BMP Training “Protect Our Water” Conference

Another major BMP training event is right around the corner! The Annual Construction BMP Training, which has been rebranded as the “Protect Our Water” Conference, takes place on November 4th at the Kroc Center Hawaii in Kapolei. DOT Highways is collaborating with the Airports and Harbors Divisions to provide this important training to DOT personnel […]

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Inlet Protection - Construction BMP

Construction BMPs: Inlet Protection

Inlet protection on construction projects is a temporary best management practice (BMP) used to prevent sediment, trash and debris from entering storm drains. If you’re wondering what kind of inlet protection you need for your project, you’ll first need to consider a number of important factors and then select the option best suited for your […]

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DOT’s Q3 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to 21st Dental Company of Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe, who has been selected as the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s Third Quarter 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! “At 21st Dental Company we foster a sense of community service and encourage our sailors to give back to the local communities that give so […]

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Fun With Construction BMP Terms: Erosion Control vs. Sediment Control!

Erosion and sediment control (E&SC) is a term that most of us in the construction industry are familiar with in regards to storm water runoff issues at a project’s site. But have you ever really thought about what it actually means? If you break it down and separate the words “erosion control” and “sediment control,” […]

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DOT’s Q2 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Oahu Filipino Community Council, which has been selected as the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s Second Quarter 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Oahu Filipino Community Council’s route for the Adopt-A-Highway program runs for two miles along Kalihi Street and Likelike Highway from Nimitz Highway to Kula Kolea Drive. “We are very happy and […]

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Miscellaneous Permanent Best Management Practices on Oahu

The Miscellaneous Permanent Best Management Practices on Oahu project, which will help reduce pollutant contribution to the storm water system, is currently underway along Interstate H-3 near Kaneohe. The $2 million project includes the construction of a Nutrient Separating Baffling Box treatment system and will replace existing concrete drainage channels with 16 bioswales. The bioswales […]

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SWMP in Your Community!

The SWMP Team will once again be out in the community, spreading the word about keeping our storm drain system free of debris, trash, and chemicals. We’ll be at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Second Saturday at the Garden. You can stroll […]

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Don’t forget: 2015 Permanent BMP Training Workshop Just Around the Corner!

Upcoming BMP Training Workshop Attention designers! The statewide standards for implementing Best Management Practices for permanent storm water controls are changing and the new standards go into effect on October 27, 2015. On Thursday, August 27, DOT will hold a day long training event to familiarize you with the new procedures. The event takes place […]

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3. 1-Year Post Construction

Slope Improvements for Erosion Control at Various Sites on Oahu, Phase 5

State construction inspectors have given the thumbs-up of approval to a series of roadside improvements in several areas around Oahu. The completed Slope Improvements for Erosion Control Phase 5 projects included the repair of 11 eroded slopes and one eroded outfall located in the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Highways Division’s (DOT-HWYS) rights-of-way. The […]

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Storm Water Hawaii

2015 HDOT Highways SWMP Plan Finalized

The 2015 State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s (HDOT Highways) Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) Plan has officially been finalized! The SWMP Plan is a requirement of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit, and details the steps HDOT Highways will take to mitigate the discharge […]

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Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy Q1 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

DOT’s Q1 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, which has been selected as the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s First Quarter 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy’s route for the Adopt-A-Highway program is on Roosevelt Avenue in Ewa, from Fort Barrett Road to Geiger Road. “Each of our cadets at […]

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Crew installing the first trash trap in the Halawa interchange

HDOT Highways kicks off multi-year trash study

The State Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District (HDOT Highways), is kicking off a multi-year study this month, one that should give its engineers and scientists more information about the man-made trash and debris found along our highways. The study, which focuses on state routes on the island of Oahu, will help HDOT Highways […]

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