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Public Lecture: What’s the scoop on the poop?

Location: UCB 100

What’s the scoop on the poop? Sewage pollution in Hawai‘i Island drinking and coastal waters
by Dr. Tracy Wiegner and Dr. Steven Colbert

Hawai‘i is regarded as a tropical paradise, with clear blue waters, coral reefs, and cascading waterfalls. However, below the surface lies a dirty little secret. Hawaiian waters have long suffered from chronic sewage pollution ranging from direct disposal in water bodies, to leaking outfalls, injection wells, cesspools, and septic systems. Sewage pollution poses not only a threat to the health of recreational water users, but to coastal ecosystems. This talk will provide information on sewage pollution impacts to human health, as well as the health of the coastal waters and coral reefs, how sewage is detected, and its presence in Hawai‘i Island drinking and coastal waters. There are many options for wastewater treatment and disposal, and solutions should consider community values, geography, political and regulatory constraints.

For more information, contact: 808-974-7664

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