What you put in your backyard affects what goes into the water.
Hui o Ko‘olaupoko, a non-profit, is hosting a Clean Watershed Workshop for Homeowners from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 20) at the site of the He‘eia Stream Restoration Project.
Workshop topics include: simple fertilizer and pesticide use do's and don'ts, erosion control measures, useful native plants for your yard, sources of pollution and ways to reduce their environmental impacts and the benefits of installing rain barrels.
Volunteers will be working on the He‘eia Stream Restoration project earlier in the morning.
Hui o Ko‘olaupoko's mission is to "protect ocean health by restoring the aina: mauka to makai." The group works to prevent polluted runoff, control erosion, remove invasive species, restore habitats and monitor water quality.
Even though volunteers have dedicated more than 4,000 hours (since Dec. 2009) to the He‘eia Stream Restoration Project, planting native vegetation along the stream, the stream's health depends on the support of area residents.
Space for the workshop is limited. Reserve your place by contacting Kristen Nalani Mailheau at 381-7202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.