Volunteers partner up to clean aina shores

| April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
Students from the Punahou High School Junior ROTC program and Corps employees and family members join forces to cleanup the beach and berm area of the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center at Fort DeRussy, as part of Earth Day/Earth Month 2012.

Students from the Punahou High School Junior ROTC program and Corps employees and family members join forces to cleanup the beach and berm area of the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center at Fort DeRussy, as part of Earth Day/Earth Month 2012.

Story and Photos by
Joseph Bonfiglio
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

WAIKIKI — Volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Punahou High School Junior ROTC program and members of the Radford High School African-American Club joined forces during the Mauka to Makai Clean Water Expo, here, Saturday.

The groups worked in concert to cleanup the beach and berm area of USACE’s Pacific Regional Visitor Center, or RVC, at Fort DeRussy, here, during the Earth Month event.

Honolulu District employee Jessica Wiggs cleans up the beach and berm area of the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center at Fort DeRussy, as part of Earth Day/Earth Month 2012.

Honolulu District employee Jessica Wiggs cleans up the beach and berm area of the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center at Fort DeRussy, as part of Earth Day/Earth Month 2012.

“We’re excited to be out here,” said Lt. Col. Robert Takao, commander, Punahou High School JROTC. “We’ve had a good relationship with the RVC staff for a number of years both in terms of education and service.”

In addition, to the Fort DeRussy clean up, the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services sponsored other environmental events the same day, including an Earth Day Mauka to Makai Clean Water Expo at Waikiki Aquarium. Participants from many organizations pitched in to keep Honolulu green and clean.

The expo showcased the efforts of city, state and federal agencies to preserve and protect Hawaii’s environment, with an emphasis on the islands’ unique water resources.

Cindy Barger, USACE-Honolulu District, attended the expo and told participants about the Ala Wai Watershed project.

Barger said the Corps is teaming up with the city and county of Honolulu and the state of Hawaii to study various solutions for a comprehensive watershed approach.

The goal is to reduce the risk of flooding, restore the aquatic ecosystem and improve the water quality of the area.

Earth Day was established March 21, 1970, as an annual event to deepen reverence and care for life on the planet.

 

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