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"Clean Water, Common Ground" Blog
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Hawaii - A Local/Global Water Quality Testbed
Mood:  lazy
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")

Posted by drjanik at 6:13 PM HDT
Post-Gore Water Quality
Mood:  accident prone
Now Playing: Clean Water, Common Ground's Inconvenient Truths
Topic: C1. WQ Standards
First, my compliments to Mr. Al Gore for "An Inconvenient Truth" (AIT) and it's spotlight on global warming. I'm not a global warming expert, but I found AIT an outstanding seque into water quality issues. In my opinion, Mr. Gore deserves the praises and laudits of all the citizens of the world.  I only hope that Mr. Ralph Nader and he consider running together in 2008. The world could use a steward rather than another despoiler. - Dan Janik (Executive Producer, "Clean Water, Common Ground")

Posted by drjanik at 5:59 PM HDT

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