Formed in 2017, O'ahu Waterkeeper was the first member of Waterkeeper Alliance in Hawai'i. Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement to protect water resources, currently uniting more than 350 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates in over 47 countries. Under the local leadership of Dr. Anne Brasher, our collective mission is fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters on O'ahu. The organization is committed to finding solutions to reduce land-based pollutants and improve water quality.
O'ahu Waterkeeper and its partners have restored more than 10,000 native oysters to filter and improve water quality and clarity at five locations around the island. Oyster restoration projects are helping to elevate awareness about environmental challenges including stormwater, wastewater, water pollution, and fishing safety. In our classroom and community presentations, O'ahu Waterkeeper staff and volunteers help people identify land-based sources of pollution and educate the public about the health of our watershed.
O'ahu Waterkeeper monitors water quality at locations around O'ahu. In partnership with Windward Community College, students are monitoring water quality in Kāne'ohe Bay. This research will continue in 2020, and results will be shared with the community.
O'ahu Waterkeeper is working with community groups on a new stormwater stenciling program to raise awareness about storm water pollution and its effects on the marine environment.
Students from Damien High School joined the Ala Wai Harbor cleanup in January and picked up over 1,000 pieces of trash, including more than 200 plastic bottle caps!
Senator Sharon Moriwaki spoke with students in January about the health of the watershed.
Swimming pool nets are used to collect floating debris. Mahalo to all of the swimming pool cleaning companies who donated nets and poles!
Volunteers collect trash and log each piece. Data collected helps us identify the major sources of debris.
Volunteers on land and in canoes worked together in February to pickup trash floating on the surface of the water.
The collection of marine life on this bottle shows the legacy of pollution in the Ala Wai.
Volunteers pulled out over 560 pieces of trash from the water in February.
Food wrappers and related packaging represent the majority of trash collected.
Shoes, clothes, a baby carriage & other household goods were removed from the Ala Wai Canal. We are all making an impact, and we can all help to be part of the solution.
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Artwork by Solomon Enos.
Photo Credits: Waterkeeper Alliance photos: John Wathen; Oysters photos - Example of Black-lip Pearl Oysters Growing on Lines: Photo by Arthur Read, Smaller Native Hawaiian Oysters: Photo by Dr. Maria Haws; Painting of Queen Lili'uokalani from Ali'i Place: Photo by Rhiannon Chandler-'Iao