Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jordan's Journal - Environmental Protection

On the next Jordan's Journal, Representative Jo Jordan (District 45 - Waianae, Makaha, Makua) talks with Debbie Lowe Liang, Project Officer for the Environmental Protection Agency, based in San Francisco, and Pake Salmon, Communication Coordinator for Ka Wai Ola O Waianae.

Debbie Lowe Liang, who was in Hawaii for a few days, talks about the various grants available to community organizations, especially the Community Action for Renewed Environment (CARE).

Photo by Ka Wai Ola O Waianae.  Illegal dumping in the Waianae area.  

Waianae is a community considered "overburdened" with environmental issues, including illegal dumping, landfill, stream pollution and flooding. Pake Salmon and Ka Wai Ola O Waianae have been involved in the grant application to the EPA, through the Pacific American Foundation, which qualified as a CARE project.  It is the only CARE project in the state of Hawaii. They were granted $300,000 and narrowed their focus to two issues - illegal dumping and non-point source pollution.

You can follow Pake Salmon's organization on Facebook here.

The EPA/CARE grant process is extremely competitive.  Throughout the western region, the EPA receives about 25 applications per year and only one is given.  Waianae is now a CARE community and will be able to network with other CARE communities throughout the west, and to share knowledge and information on how to deal with various environmental issues. Learn more by viewing the full episode.

This show airs on Olelo, Channel 54 on Monday, February 13, 2012, 1:00 p.m.

You can also watch the full episode on Rep. Jordan's Vimeo channel here.

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