Summer is the season for stream cleaning

KALIHI (KHNL) - Summer stream cleaning is here as volunteers are getting ready to clean up Kapalama Stream in Palama.

On Saturday, July 5, the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services' Adopt-A-Stream program will unite with leaders and volunteers in the community in a major stream clean up.

This hands on outdoor event will aspire to bring health back to the Kapalama Stream and tackle the mess of improperly disposed trash and pollutants in our island waterways.

"When it rains, storm water percolates through accumulated garbage, some of it toxic, which goes untreated in local streams," said Iwalani Sato, the program's coordinator.

Many people living upstream are unaware of the negative impact they may have on those living downstream. Common things like yard waste, construction debris and even dog waste can pollute the water making it unsanitary for humans and wildlife.

"This is one of the biggest water quality problems on Oahu and something most residents can do something about," said Sato.

The clean up is scheduled at 8:30am-11:00am at two locations- Banyan Courtyard, next to Kaumakapili Church, and the Honolulu Community College parking lot on Kokea Street, near Kapalama Stream in Kalihi.