On Saturday, November 8th, more than 500 people stopped by the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s booth at Sea Life Park to learn about the importance of preventing pollution from entering Oahu’s storm drain system. In addition to interacting with a storm water model, many families had the opportunity to win prizes by spinning a prize wheel, which featured storm water related questions.
Sea Life Park commemorated its 50th anniversary by lowering its admission fee to just $2.64. As a result, thousands of people streamed into the Waimanalo park with a crowd numbering ten times that of a normal day.
The DOT partnered with Sea Life Park to create a colorful display that was located within the touch pool area and adjacent to the aviary. The informative display will educate guests about why it is important to keep our storm water drains clear of everything but rain water, as well as offer tips on how pollution can be prevented from entering into the storm drain system.
One side of the display shows how rainwater and its associated pollutants flow into the storm drains and directly into the ocean.
The second side of the display shows a map of Sea Life Park, and points out the aquatic species that are commonly affected by storm water pollutants and debris.
The third display shows how seabirds in particular are at risk from plastic debris, as they may mistake bits of the plastic for food and eat them.
The display will remain at Sea Life Park for the foreseeable future, continuing to spread the word about the DOT’s role in storm water management. We hope you’ll take some time to check out the display at Sea Life Park!