By Nina Wu
Watch "The Rain Follows the Forest," a half-hour T.V. special featuring actor Jason Scott Lee at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 on KGMB.
It's a program produced by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to illustrate the importance of watershed protection and restoration. Lee sets out on a journey to learn about sustainable life in our islands. Through various conversations, including one with DLNR chairperson William J. Aila Jr., Lee learns about Hawaii's fragile fresh water supply and discovers connections to our upland forest environment.
He shares ways in which we can all contribute to protecting our watersheds.
"I think about my grandchildren all the time and the challenges that they are going to face," says Aila. "The worst-case scenario is that our watersheds are depleted and the source of fresh water diminishes. Fresh water is really important for us. It's important to every ecosystem from the top of the mountain even into the ocean."
Hawaii's water supplies are under threat from hotter and drier conditions from climate change, as well as the loss of watershed forests. More than half of Hawaii's forests have been lost due to invasive alien species. The protection of mauka forest areas is the most efficient way to absorb rainwater and replenish groundwater. Forests are also essential to preventing erosion.
The following is a list of airdates for "The Rain Follows the Forest."
KGMB Thursday 1/19/2012 6:30-7pm
KGMB Sunday 1/22/2012 at 4:30-5pm
KHNL Thursday 1/26/2012 at 6:30-7pm
KHNL Saturday 1/28/2012 at 6 - 6:30pm
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