Now Playing: The Big and Little of It All
Topic: C2. Local/Global
I was invited in 1993 by the University of Hawaii at Manoa's USDA Cooperative Extension Service to help reanimate the Kaika-Waialua Hydrologic Unit Area (KW-HUA) Project. It was, at that time, stalled. By 1996, the project had become recognized by USEPA as a model HUA project having a Classroom Augmentation Project (CAP) reaching over 1,000,000 a year with the help of Apoha the O'opu fish costume, appearances, coloring book, song, video and sidewalk stencils; a Resources Assessment Program (RAP) enlisting volunteers from all walks of life to take an active part in assessing the water quality of the North Shore of Oahu; and, of course, the "Clean Water, Common Ground" project to share throughout the state, nation and world our efforts to address water quality in paradise.
Hawaii is a unique place: a sort of "Lost" place, where time and distance take on a different meaning. That is, what happens upstream tends to affect things downstream rather quickly. That makes Hawaii an ideal Local/Global Water Quality Testbed. At least, that's what we of the KW-HUA decided and we acted aggressively on that premise.
If you're in any way involved in water quality issues, I urge you to take a look at "Clean Water, Common Ground." After all, the Telly's gave it two awards for outstanding documentary. But it's not just for Hawaii. Like I said, Hawaii's a special place where the complex causes of water quality degredation can be more easily sorted out.
Try it, I think you'll like it. Then tell me what you think! - Dan Janik MD, PhD (former American Academy of Science/National Research Council Research Associate and Executive Producer of "Clean Water, Common Ground")