Construction BMPs Project Highlight: Slope Improvements Phase 8

The State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District has numerous roadway construction projects that vary in size and complexity. All construction projects, regardless of size or area of land disturbance, must implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent erosion and control sediment. For this quarter, we want to highlight the Slope Improvements […]

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Storm Water Best Management Practice Improvements at Windward Baseyard

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division’s (DOT-HWYS) is engaged in ongoing efforts to reduce pollution from storm water runoff through the implementation of the Action Plan for Retrofitting Structural BMPs and the Trash Reduction Plan. Both plans prescribe storm water Best Management Practice (BMP) improvements of DOT-HWYS Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System […]

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Single-Use to Multi-Use

Did you know that plastic bottles can take about 450 years to completely decompose? Here are a few summer projects that will make you reconsider transforming a single-use plastic bottle into multi-use reusable items around your home. Here are a few projects that involve plastic water bottles and other household materials:   Sources: http://greatthingsfirst.co/how-to-make-plastic-bottle-bird-feeder-diy-bird-feeder-plastic-bottle/ http://www.diyhowto.org/diy-self-watering-seed-starter-pot-planter/ […]

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School Presentation Recap for 2018-2019 School Year

As the 2018 – 2019 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. Waimanalo Elementary School […]

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World Oceans Month

June is World Oceans Month! Celebrate the beauty of this natural wonder and its ability to give life to our environment. Our ocean is the breath of our planet as it provides: The Air We Breathe. The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen and stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. […]

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Top 10 Ways to Fight for Trash Free Seas

An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enters our oceans each year, and over the last 30 years, over 220 million pounds of trash has been picked up from shorelines around the world. Of the numerous trash items found in our waters, the following are the most common: Tackling the problem of plastic and […]

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Hurricane Preparedness

Getting ready for a hurricane can be stressful, which is why you should always be fully prepared in advance. Since we are quickly approaching hurricane season, it’s definitely time to start preparing if you haven’t done so already. Hurricanes, a type of storm also known as Tropical Cyclones, can produce life-threatening effects such as: High […]

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DIY Emergency Kit

You should always have an Emergency Kit ready in your home in preparation for any disasters. This will save you precious time during those crucial moments before the disaster arrives. To assemble your kit, store your items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as […]

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How to Drive Safely Before, During, and After a Natural Disaster

If you are driving, it is important to know what to do when a hurricane or another natural disaster is looming. Your vehicle may be an invaluable tool to get you to safety and it is important to know how to protect yourself, your passengers and other fellow drivers. Because hurricanes may occur sooner than […]

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BMP Tip: Installations

When do I have to install temporary best management practices (BMPs) on my construction site?   Planning and proper installation of BMPs is required prior to the start of construction activity and on-going BMP implementation during construction activity is needed to minimize the pollutants from leaving a construction site in stormwater. Properly planning your construction […]

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