Storm drain project needs volunteers
The County of Maui is seeking volunteers for a storm drain stenciling project in collaboration with the state Department of Transportation Highways Division from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Waiehu Terrace Park, 608 Alihilani St.
Volunteers will celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day by painting awareness messages of “No Dumping — Drains to Ocean” at storm drain inlets in the residential area above Kaehu Bay.
“The goal of the event is to raise awareness that storm drains may empty directly into the ocean and to discourage dumping of potential pollutants into the drains.” said Rowena Dagdag-Andaya, director of the Department of Public Works.
Land-based litter, motor oil, soaps and detergents, excess fertilizers and pesticides, green waste and sediment can enter storm drains and discharge to the ocean untreated.
The county Storm Water Management Program includes mapping of storm drain infrastructure that identified three outfalls from Waiehu that carry stormwater runoff directly to Kaehu Bay.
To sign up as a volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers must be 12 years old or older.
For more information on the County’s Storm Water Management Program, visit www.mauicounty.gov/stormwater.