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Schatz: Hawai‘i Set To Receive $7.6 Million To Protect Coastal Communities, Fish And Wildlife Across The State

WASHINGTON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that Hawai‘i will receive $7.6 million in new grant funding to support natural infrastructure projects across the state. The six grants to Hawai‘i, provided by the Infrastructure Law, will support design and implementation of projects to enhance the resilience of coastal communities and improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

“These projects across Hawai‘i will help restore or protect wetlands, watersheds, and coral reef and will help keep communities safe from flooding and coastal erosion,” said Senator Schatz.

The projects receiving grant funding include:

Kako‘o ‘Oiwi – $3.6 million

The funding will be used to help restore 24 acres of wetland bird habitat, implement 20 acres of constructed wetlands/traditional agriculture integrated systems, protect and enhance 88 acres of traditional fishpond floodplain detainment basin and enhance 6 miles of coral reef shoreline.

Moloka‘i Land Trust – $255,300

The grant will help build on multi-partner wetland prioritization planning that identified suitable wetlands for restoration in Moloka‘i by advancing priority sites to 50 percent design, assessing resiliency potential and planning

Malama Haleakala Foundation – $354,000

The funding will be used to conduct site assessment and preliminary design for a detention basin along Kulanihako'i Stream to prevent flooding on the leeward slopes of Haleakala and protecting aquatic and marine habitats for many species of plants, birds, coral reefs, and fish.

Hanalei Watershed Hui – $874,300

Complete final designs, specifications, construction cost estimates and permitting for a floodplain restoration plan and waterbird habitat enhancement in Hanalei, Hawai‘i. The project will increase system resiliency by creating detention basins to attenuate floods and provide waterbird habitat.

County of Hawai‘i – $2 million

The funding will help create a community resilience and watershed management plan that utilizes nature-based solutions to enhance resilience along the Hilo Bay coastline and within the Hilo Bay Watershed, protecting the watershed’s unique ecosystem and critical habitats for endemic, endangered marine flora and fauna.

Hawai‘i Local2030 Hub – $498,600

Develop a mobile stormwater assessment app to prioritize Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) installations within disadvantaged communities of the Ala Wai watershed and analyze barriers and opportunities for incorporating decentralized GSI retrofit solutions on private properties. The project will provide resilience benefits to reduced flood risk, maintain adequate drinking water supply and mitigate land-based pollution to critical nearshore marine habitats.