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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