School Takes Up The Case For Storm Drains

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - October 07, 2009
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Wahiawa Middle School wants everyone to be aware that storm drains should remain clear of debris, and that the Environmental Protection Agency requires public facilities to have a permit before discharging water.

“If water goes in our drains, we need a permit for it to go out,” said vice principal Tim Bollinger. “Eventually all this stuff ends up in the ocean. We want to control the pollution.


“The whole project is about us doing our part to educate the community and the school folks to what hazards are present and what we can do to keep from polluting.”

WIS learned in May about the project, and began working on it with students and staff handling various parts of the campaign. So far, the adults have spread the word via the parent bulletin and newspapers. The students will work on other parts of the campaign, such as stenciling storm drains.

“This is our first year of implementation, so I’m doing my best to meet the spirit of the law,” Bollinger said, noting that the school’s first progress report is due before Christmas to Belt Collins.

“Every school will send a report to Belt Collins, who will take the information, compile it and sent it to the EPA,” said Bollinger. “This will be a statewide project for all schools, not just Wahiawa Middle. We are just doing our part in our area.”

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