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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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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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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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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