Target: Virginia Pressler, Director, Hawaii Department of Health
Goal: Demand signs be put in place at Waiopili Stream warning visitors of high levels of potentially harmful pollution.
Despite concerns about the health risks, the Hawaii Department of Health has not put up signs in the Waiopili Stream area to warn visitors of the high levels of bacteria enterococcus in the water. Enterococcus is a known indicator of fecal contamination, and levels at the Waiopili Stream and the surrounding shore area are more than 100 times the safe limit. Similar or greater levels of contamination have persisted for the past few years. According to health officials, the waste is coming from feral pigs, sheep, rats, birds, and maybe even land tortoises. They also claim that because no evidence of human sewage can be found, the danger is not that great.
The Surfrider Foundation has campaigned for years in order to force the department to post warnings and take steps to protect visitors to affected areas. Support its efforts and demand that the Hawaii Department of Health warn visitors of the possibly dangerous polluted water.
Dear Dr. Pressler,
Levels of enterococcus in the water in the Waiopili Stream and the nearby shore area are over 100 times the recommended safe limit and have been high for years. Even though your department recognizes the public health issue there are still no warning signs.
Visitors bathe and swim in the area and potentially risk their health due to the contamination, and it is the responsibility of the Department of Health to inform and protect them. I urge you to take steps to remedy this situation and put up warning signs at Waiopili Stream and other affected areas.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Robert Linsdell