The Watershed Like others around the world, the watershed in Salt Lake Hawaii has dramatically changed over the last few decades. Wetlands have been filled in with soil and cement, streams have been diverted to man-made canals and the lake has been mostly drained. This has taken away natures natural water filter, so pollutants run freely into the ocean. Soil and nutrients flowing into the canals have caused explosive plant and algae growth, depleting the water of oxygen and creating a terrible smell.
Above are photos of Salt Lake before and after the community was developed.
Several organizations have partnered together to clean up the canals. Once finished, it is everybody's job in the community to keep pollutants out of storm drains and canals. Click on the areas above to see what they are doing to solve the pollution problem.
Click the following links for some Best Management Practices that will help you protect your environment:
This project was originally jointly funded by a Federal Clean Water Act grant from the U.S. EPA
the Hawaii State Department of Health Clean Water Branch
and the City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services.