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August is National Water Quality Month! This makes it the perfect time to educate ourselves on where our water comes from and how we can take action to preserve it. Participating in this month's actions will help ensure that our water continues to be high quality and free of contamination. In the spirit of “National Water Quality Month,” we have THREE simple actions YOU can do to help protect the quality of our water.

 

  1. Mulch your plants!

Mulching provides important nutrients for plants and an ideal environment for organisms that help enrich the soil. It also protects soil from erosion, prevents weed growth, conserves soil moisture, stabilizes soil temperature, and reduces compaction. Free mulch is available to the public on Oahu. Visit:www.opala.org

 

2. Make a rain garden!

Rain gardens have the ability to reduce the amount of pollution entering streams and the ocean by intercepting stormwater. By constructing a rain garden, individuals are taking an active role to protect watersheds, streams and the ocean by: filtering pollutants, assisting with groundwater recharge, improving the landscape with native vegetation, and reducing flood volumes.

 

3. Start an at-home compost!

Compost retains a large volume of water, which helps prevent and reduce erosion and runoff, and establish vegetation. Compost improves downstream water quality by retaining pollutants such as heavy metals, nitrogen, phosphorus, oil and grease, fuels, herbicides, and pesticides. It also improves soil health and reduces the need for harmful anthropogenic fertilizers. 

 

Complete one of these three simple actions this month and be ENTERED TO WIN a $20 gift card from Growlers! 

 

TO ENTER:

  1. POST a picture on Instagram completing ONE or more of this months actions or EMAIL CPR@malamamaunalua.org for private profiles (additional posts completing more than one action will earn you more entries)

  2. FOLLOW and TAG @cprmaunalua in your post

  3. Use our HASHTAGS #cherishprotectrestore #cprmaunalua in your post

 

Winners will be selected by end of day on August 31st! 

 

To learn more about how to preserve water quality and improve natural resources in your backyard, check out the links below: 

Hawaii Backyard Conservation 

At-Home Composting

Composting 101

Rain Garden Manual

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Act & WIn

Completing just ONE of these actions makes you eligible to WIN a $20 gift card from Growlers! Check out our story for more details on prizes for this month!

TO ENTER:

  1. POST a picture on Instagram completing ONE or more of this months actions or EMAIL CPR@malamamaunalua.org for private profiles (additional posts completing more than one action will earn you more entries)

2. FOLLOW and TAG @cprmaunalua in your post

3. Use our HASHTAGS #cherishprotectrestore #cprmaunalua in your post.

 

Winners will be selected by end of day on August 31st!