Presentation to focus on wastewater solutions

Nature-based alternatives to cesspools and injection wells will be discussed during a free webinar at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The presenters will be Paul Sturm, founder and executive director of Ridge to Reefs, and John Astilla, a local farmer and owner of Sunshine Vetiver Solutions.

Astilla and Sturm will discuss the results of a pilot project adjacent to the Kihei wastewater plant that demonstrates an alternative to injection wells. The pilot project demonstrates techniques that can be used to treat effluent from any of Maui’s three wastewater plants

Sturm will also discuss a nature-based treatment system for cesspool conversion.

The presentation is part of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s monthly Know Your Ocean Speaker Series, supported by the County of Maui.

“We are pleased to bring this informative talk to the public, as it presents real answers to the problems that threaten our reefs and drinking water supplies,” says Mike Fogarty, executive director of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. “To ensure clean ocean water along our coasts and the conditions needed for healthy coral reefs, Maui must address its wastewater problems and implement alternatives to cesspools and injection wells now — our reefs simply can’t wait.”

Admission is free, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, visit https://bit.ly/RidgeToReefsWebinar.


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