COMMENTS SOUGHT ON INSTALLATION OF WATER BOTTLE FILLING STATIONS IN STATE PARKSPosted on Nov 6, 2018
HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks has received a $100,396 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Marine Debris Program to install water bottle filling stations in 15 State Parks statewide over the next 3 years. The goal of the project is to reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles which can become marine debris and harm Hawaii’s environment and marine life. Park visitors will be encouraged to bring their refillable water bottles to the parks where they can be filled when hiking, walking, picnicking, sight-seeing, playing sports, or going to the beach. The project will also install interpretive signs, create an educational video, and post information on websites and in brochures about the harm of marine debris and what people can do to help reduce this debris created in Hawaii.
The grant funds will be used to purchase a total of 19 water bottle filling stations. State Parks will use State Capitol Improvement Project (CIP) funds to install the stations within the parks. State Parks will also coordinate several beach clean-ups over the 3-year period to address the accumulation of marine debris in our coastal parks. When available, the schedule of clean-ups will be posted on the State Parks website (http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/) and volunteers will be invited to help.
“State Parks is excited to be able to play a role in helping to reduce plastic debris by providing these water bottle filling stations for our park users. With over 11 million people using our parks annually, we have the potential to change behavior and make a difference in the use of single-use water bottles statewide” said Curt Cottrell, State Parks Administrator.
Many of these water bottle filling stations will replace existing water fountains at park restrooms and pavilions so minimal disturbance is anticipated. However, to comply with the federal grant requirements, State Parks would like to hear from the public if there are any concerns, especially in regards to cultural sites that could be affected by the project. A complete description of the project and a discussion of the individual park sites is available HERE.
Please provide comments by November 30 and direct them to Martha Yent, State Parks Interpretive Program, 1151 Punchbowl Street #310, Honolulu, HI 96813 or Martha.E.Yent@hawaii.gov
Location of the Water Bottle Filling Stations
Hawaii Island: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kekaha Kai State Park, Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, and Wailoa Center at Wailoa River State Recreation Area.
Kauai: Haena State Park, Kokee State Park, and Wailua River State Park.
Maui: Waianapanapa State Park
Oahu: Ahupuaa O Kahana State Park, Diamond Head State Monument, Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area, Makiki Valley State Recreation Area, Malaekahana State Recreation Area, Sand Island State Recreation Area, and Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area.