How gardens help the Bay
Plants vs. Runoff
Plants are effective in removing pollutants from storm water through a process called bio‐filtration. In this process, the soil traps and plant roots breakdown pollutants into food or fertilizer. Some of the pollutants that can be trapped or removed by the soil and plants include: suspended solids (dirt), nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous), heavy metals (lead, copper, and zinc), micro‐organisms (bacteria), and surfactants (detergents, oils, and grease)
In contrast, stormwater runoff occurs when impervious surfaces (like rooftops and paving) prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground at or near where it falls. Instead, rain falls on the roof, spills into the gutter, down the downspout, across the impermeable driveway and sidewalk into the street, then the stormdrains, and ultimately into creeks, rivers and the ocean, all the while unavailable for local irrigation, and without ever nurturing the land.
In Hawaii, increasing urbanization leads to more and more impervious surfaces and higher concentrations of pollutants making their way into our ocean ecosystems. In the Maunalua Bay region, there are over 5,000 storm drains and 5 shopping centers that all feed into Maunalua Bay.
By doing your part to plant gardens on your property, you help mitigate the impacts of so much impervious ground cover in the Maunalua Bay region. Here are some quick gardening tips:
Look for a sunny spot on your property that might be bare ground or filled with invasive plants
Planting in a low spot or depression in your yard where water collects can be a good start towards creating a rain garden
Plant native species
Get free seeds for your keiki from the Seed and Serve Hawaii project (more on that below!)
Seed and Serve Hawaii
Let’s get growing! Youth across Hawaiʻi are invited to participate in Seed and Serve Hawaiʻi, a youth at-home gardening campaign to grow the next generation of sustainability leaders across our islands. K-12 students, families, schools, and youth-serving organizations can register to receive a seed packet to begin growing their own at-home garden (1 packet per student). Gardening and growing food is a clear path forward to growing sustainable, peaceful and healthier communities and we’re excited to see your plants!
Register now through June 7 HERE
Eligibility: Hawai'i students in grades K-12
How Seed and Serve Hawaiʻi Works:
Register below by Sunday, June 7, 2020
We will mail your seed packet to the address provided
Plant your seeds in your own at-home (indoor or outdoor garden)
Seed options will include Mānoa lettuce, Hawaiian chili pepper, eggplant, and grape tomato from the UH Seed Lab. Students will receive 1 of their top 3 choices.
Share your gardening photos on social media and tag @bzpwahiawa @ceedsofpeace @malamamaunalua @bzphawaii #seedandserve
Please fill out one form per youth at www.bit.ly/seedandserve
We’d love to share any gardening photos on our social medias so tag us @bzpwahiawa