West Oahu SWCD
About West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
Mission: Coordinate and facilitate partners and governmental agencies in identifying and implementing projects and practices to assure the protection of Hawaii’s environment.
Districts work closely with county, state and federal governments and both public and private organizations in a non-regulatory capacity. Districts carry out a comprehensive conservation program that protects and improves the natural resources while assisting private landowners in using conservation practices. Since 1950, the West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) partnership has been integral in addressing serious problems across the state including soil erosion and water quality.
Farmers and agricultural landowners and operators are eligible to apply at no cost as SWCD Cooperators. Cooperators may develop conservation plans and submit them for review at monthly SWCD meetings. Cooperators who implement SWCD approved conservation plans may be excluded from the City and County of Honolulu grading, grubbing, & stockpiling permits [C&C Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (ROH) 14-13.5(d)] and fees.
CONNECT WITH WEST OAHU SWCD
To apply as a cooperator, complete the fillable form found here and contact West Oahu staff to review it. Then, present your form at a meeting, which typically takes place on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 12:30pm. Contact [email protected] for details. This step-by-step flowchart details the process as well as some of the resources you need.
If you are new to the District, review the West Oahu flier for a quick overview of the organization’s work.
For more detailed information, the West Oahu SWCD informational flier shares information on the work we do (page 1) and how other partners are connected (page 2). This helps answer a lot of common questions as the landscape of partnerships in agriculture can be confusing. Feel free to call or email with questions.
Each Cooperator develops a conservation plan. 808 Planner is an online tool that allows you to develop a conservation plan for your farm by identifying conservation practices that meet your resource objectives. Other conservation planning support is available including Technical Service Providers like Oahu RC&D and Certified Conservation Planners with NRCS. Every organization and site operates a little differently. Connecting with the different service providers will help you identify the organization, timeline and fee structure that works best for you.
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The West Oahu SWCD is managed by Oahu Agriculture and Conservation Association (OACA). Staff is supported by donations, grants, and contracts. You can donate to West Oahu SWCD through OACA here.
Meetings are typically held the 4th Tuesday of the month. Join our newsletter mailing list to stay current on meeting times, dates, and locations. Meeting Minutes.
Public testimony. Members of the public wishing to submit oral or written testimony on an agenda item may do so at monthly meetings. Please submit written testimony via email to [email protected] or via mail to P. O. Box 172, 92-1770 Kunia Rd., Kunia, Hawai`i 96759. To aid in sharing information with Directors, kindly submit written testimony 24 hours in advance of the monthly meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month (e.g. by 12:30pm on Monday).
Accommodations. Individuals requiring special assistance or auxiliary aids or services (e.g., sign language interpreter, wheelchair accessibility, or parking designated for the disabled) at the West Oahu SWCD meeting, please contact staff at least 7 calendar days prior to the meeting via [email protected] so arrangements can be made.
Contact Information for West Oahu SWCD:
Amanda Shaw, Manager
Mailing Address: PO Box 172, Kunia, HI 96759
Office Address: 92-1770 Kunia Road, Kunia HI 96759
Email: [email protected]