Developing Partnerships to Clean Up
When there is a water quality problem in your community, you can't expect the government to automatically take care of it. That's why it's important for individuals to bring the federal, state and local government agencies together, as well as community organizations to solve the problem. Partnerships must be formed in order to receive grants and resources for areas where major work is needed.
In Salt Lake Hawaii, several organizations have partnered together to clean up the canals and waterways. They have been filled with sediment and become overgrown with plants and algae, keeping the water from flowing properly. A grant from the EPA was awarded to the community to accomplish this cleanup. The partnerships between different government agencies and community organizations is key to carrying out this project, as well as keeping the waterways clean in the future.