Statewide Action Program
The Water Resources Committee attended the Hawaii Clean Water. Institute sponsored by the Hawaii State Association of Counties. It was a fascinating three day conference and we enjoyed the opportunity to spread League thinking to the City and County officials. One of the most notable speeches given was by Councilman Ben Kaito and we have briefly summarized it for you.
STATEWIDE ACTION PROGRAM
By Councilman Ben F. Kaito
The primary administrative control for the abatement of water pollution in Hawaii rests with the State Department of Health, the agency that is
now finalizing the water quality standards for the State of Hawaii. It
is apparent, however, that the County Governments will play a major role towards any implementation plan since all counties have existing governmental controls that are directly related to the water, quality standards
in areas such as sewage treatment and construction of drainage and flood control facilities.
With this in mind, a statewide action program has been recommended by the National Association of Counties in their Community-Action Guide No. 10. The following statewide action programs have been extracted and summarize for this state.
A. the State government should:
Provide grants for capital development and improvements designed to support federal aid.
Expand their technical assistance programs for waste-disposal planning and construction.
Provide and administer water quality regulations that are feasible
Pursue a comprehensive land treatment program-throughout the State
Coordinate its water pollution control programs with all other governmental agencies to develop cooperation and controls and enforcement procedures
B. It is fortunate that cooperative agreements between counties will be minimal since all counties have jurisdiction over island or islands
and pollution from one county is not expected to affect another. The following action program is recommended for the counties:
Identify the scope of the pollution problem by undertaking a study of wastewater disposal problems and plan a water pollution
control program. A water pollution control program should be part of, and related to, community planning and should include basic sewer information, treatment sites and capacities, estimated time of construction, areas to be served and cost estimates.
Program an adequate staff to handle the water pollution control program.
Form a public information program. Citizens' Advisory groups should be used for gaining and maintaining public acceptance of water pollution control programs.
Citizens should be informed about all phases of water control programs, and participation must start from the planning phases in calling for their best efforts in putting across the programs. (Underlining by the Water. Resources Committee)
Enact ordinances or expand on existing ordinances for the abatement of pollution
Enact ordinances establishing sewer charges and special assessments far. connecting charges to pay for the increased costs of operating and maintaining treatment works.
Pursue a comprehensive street cleaning program including periodic inspection and cleaning of drainage facilities.
You will recognize these proposals as they were some of the same suggestions that came out of our unit discussions. Your League representatives talked with Mr. Kaito after his speech to tell him of our pleasure at his constructive proposals. He was very complimentary to the LWV and their efforts to keep the citizens informed. In case you missed it in the papers, the State of Hawaii has adopted Standards that will very likely be accepted by the Dept. of Interior. They are excellent Standards and now we will have to prepare for the job of getting them into effect.
Water Resources Committee - Louise Marr, Chairman