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November 25, 2015

2015-11-25 MP3 file

This is the UH Hilo report; news about people, events and programs at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

Marine Science faculty are working with the Puako community in West Hawai’i to document the presence of sewage pollution and its effects on coral reefs. Dr. Tracy Wiegner says that their measurements have identified several areas where sewage is entering the near shore waters and reefs. The most telling evidence has come from studies where dye was added to cesspools and shows that sewage reached the shoreline on the order of hours to days.

The data will help the community make an informed decision on the most appropriate sewage treatment option as residents move forward on plans to remove and replace their cesspools. Those findings will also help them evaluate the success of their decision. Wiegner hopes the Puako project will be the first of many steps that will lead to a reduction of sewage pollution in our state’s coastal waters.

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