Environmental hazards flowing into the waters of our Ahupua‘a of Waiawa

Posted on March 7, 2012


For decades the area’s Hazardous Debris and Flooding concerns and issues have continued without any responsibility or management by Federal and local authorities at the lower Pearl City area of the Waiawa Stream.

Car parts, trash, tree branches and logs, continue to create
flooding and environmental concerns at the Waiawa Stream in Pearl City Hawaii.

As the Hawaii State Health Department, US Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy ignore or clean up the cars and car parts full of hazardous materials seeping into the waterway and environment.

Another problem and more pressing is the lack of protection of our water system, the community and the Hawaii Wetlands. With the increased entrapment and entrainment of environmentally harmful substances, the survival for the birds and plants is an ongoing losing battle. As bird counts are decreasing, area’s for these endangered species to live are being effected and the actual wetlands across Oahu is shrinking.

The unmanaged area, along with continued flooding from the stream leach-ate of toxins, poison and petroleum based fluids and products along with wetlands having to compete with agriculture, and continued urban development. We believe this is a violation of “The Clean Water Act”. An we have filed an offical complaint with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District Regulatory office, as a violation for investigation under “The Clean Water Act”.

Many have forgot that these area’s are supposed to be protected and actually expanded, the Waiawa water system flows into the Pearl Harbor and the National Wildlife Refuge which is composed of two ponds, one of which is primarily managed for the endangered Hawaiian stilt, ae‘o. However, its estuarine environment ae‘o is one of the few sanctuary left for a host of food resources for all four endangered waterbird species: Hawaiian coot (‘alae ke‘oke‘o), moorhen (‘alae ‘ula), and ‘alae ke‘oke‘o ‘alae ‘ula duck (koloa maoli)

Read about other ongoing concerns with the Waiawa Stream in the related article: