Urban Waters Small Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) Released (Deadline for Proposals: January 23, 2012)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization.

 The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include:
· Education and training for water quality improvement or green infrastructure jobs
· Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
· Local water quality monitoring programs
· Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans
· Innovative projects that promote local water quality and community revitalization goals

Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding.

EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012. Note to Applicants: In accordance with EPA’s Assistance Agreement Competition Policy (EPA Order 5700.5A1), EPA staff will not meet with individual applicants to discuss draft proposals, provide informal comments on draft proposals, or provide advice to applicants on how to respond to ranking criteria.

Applicants are responsible for the contents of their proposals. However, consistent with the provisions in the announcement, EPA will respond to questions from individual applicants regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the proposal, and requests for clarification about the announcement.

Questions must be submitted in writing via e-mail to urbanwaters@epa.gov and must be received by the Agency Contact, Ji-Sun Yi, by January 16, 2012 and written responses will be posted on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding

 Dates to Remember:
· Deadline for submitting proposals: January 23, 2012.
· Two webinars about this funding opportunity: December 14, 2011 and January 5, 2012.
· Deadline for submitting questions: January 16, 2012

Related Links:
· For more information on EPA’s Urban Waters program, visit http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters.
· EPA’s Urban Waters program supports the goals and principles of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a partnership of 11 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways.

For more information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, visit http://urbanwaters.gov.

 Michael Shapiro Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Mail Code 4101M Washington, DC 20460-0001 Phone: (202) 564-5700 Fax: (202) 544-0488 Margaret Osbourne Lead Region Coordinator for Water Programs U.S. EPA Region 6 Water Quality Protection Division 214-665-6508 (phone) osbourne.margaret@epa.gov http://region6.epa.gov/intranet/6wq/owlr/index.html

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Nanakuli High & Intermediate Performing Arts’ PBS Movie Premiere Pictures & Video

The NPAC students were all smiles on the night of the Fringe Festival PBS documentary premiere.  [Click the image to enlarge]

On 11/10/11, NPAC premiered the PBS documentary of their historic trip to Scotland’s “Fringe Festival.”  Family and friends of the students were deeply moved (many of us to tears) by the documentary, which featured each of the students talking about what NPAC means to them, and the challenges they have overcome.

Click here, or on the following link to view more photos from the premiere: http://maileswaianaecoastphotos.shutterfly.com/754

Click on the arrow below to view part of NPAC Director Robin Kitsu’s speech on the night of the premiere:

Mahalo to Paakea Road Clean Up Volunteers & Donors!

Wai’anae High School’s soccer team volunteered at the Paakea area clean up in full force!  (Click photo to enlarge, and CLICK HERE to view more clean up photos.)

HI National Guard Youth Challenge Academy cadets worked hard to clear and load tires at the November 19 clean up along Paakea Road and surrounding areas.  (Photo by Vic Gustafson, Interim Vice Director of State Civil Defense; click the image to enlarge)

Sophie Flores and Renato Manansala of Paakea Road helped organize providing food and drinks for the volunteers, obtained donations from businesses, and recruited their neighbors to help with the clean up.  Pictured here are their grandchildren and niece (L-R): Emma, Julian, Isla, and Jennifer Maynard.  (Click the image to enlarge)

PAAKEA ROAD AREA CLEAN UP A BIG SUCCESS

Mahalo nui loa to the over 200 volunteers who made the 11/19/11 Paakea Road area clean up a huge success!  The following was collected off Paakea, Iliili, Kaukama, Hakimo, Apana, Mailiilii, and other surrounding roads: 1) Trash & bulky items – approximately 12 tons were hauled away by the City; 2) Tires – over 800 were collected; 3) Green Waste – approx. one 40’ container; 4) Construction Waste – approx. one 40’ container, and other various waste items.  The following is a partial list of the many volunteers and donors who contributed to the clean up:

BUSINESSES
ALBERT’S TOWING AND AUTO
COCA-COLA
FPS PAINTING CONTRACTORS
FRESH START BAKERIES, INC.
INTERSTATE BATTERIES
ISLAND WIDE PARTY RENTALS
KALAELOA RACETRACK
MIKILUA GROCERY STORE
MIKILUA POULTRY FARMS
PACIFIC AGGREGATE
PARADISE LUA
PEPSI
PINERIDGE TRUCKING
PORKY’S TRUCKING
PVT LAND CO.
SCHNITZER STEEL
WAIANAE HARDWARE

COMMUNITY MEMBERS
TERESA AIELLO
JOHNITO & SERENA BAJUYO
JOLYN BALLENTI
BRIAN CASH
HENRY CHOY
MAE CHUN
LAVERNE DECOITO
MR. & MRS. DEAVER
FRED DODGE
RICK ENRIGHT
SOPHIE FLORES
AL FRENZEL
GEORGE GRACE, JR.
SABRINA GRACE-DEREIS
RAMON GUDOY
LANCE HERNANDEZ
KANESHIRO
SHIRLEY-ANN KIMO
MR. LAU
AMY LONG
JAIME MANANSALA
KATELIN MANANSALA
RENATO MANANSALA
JENNIFER MAYNARD
EVE MEASAKA
SKY MEASAKA
LANDIS ORNELLAS
MARK PANG
RANDY PANG
BUSTER PLACE
MARJORIE PLACE
T. PRATT
CYNTHIA REZENTES
ELISEA RITA
ROBERTA SEARLE
TESSIE SILVA
FRANKLIN SOUZA
MARK SUISO
MICHELLE TANG
MARY VEA
JUDY WEINSTEIN
ANNA WHITE
CHARLOTTE YAMANE
NICHOLAS AND SHELLEY YOUNGLESON
JENNA
JULIA

HAWAII NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH CHALLENGE ACADEMY (CADETS’ LAST NAMES ONLY)
ADRIC
ANAGARAN
AVALOS
BATALONA
BATANGAN
BERNARD
BISHOP
BUCK
CABRERA
CAMERON
CAPOEMAN
CARRANZA
CHINEN
DEARMAS
DELAMONTANYE
DO
DUMADAG
GAGARIN
GALARZA
GERBER
GIFFARD-STALKER
GUMPFER
HARA
HAYNES
HO
HOLYOKE
ING
JAMES
JOSEPH
JUAN
KAAUWAI
KAFOA
KALEO
KAMAI
KAU
KAUAKAHI
KAWAINUI
KAWAMURA
KEA
KITIONA
KOERTE
KUBO
LAGAI
LEANO
LEE
LEWI
LONTAYAO
LUCAS
MATILA
NUNUHA
NUNUHA
NUNUHA III
PATRICK
PEREZ
SCHREINER
SEARS
SPEED
TAPPER
TOMITA
TORRES
TUAKOI
ULU
WILLING
WONG
ZOLLINGER-ABEYTA

US NAVY
CHRIS
RACHEL BLANCHARD
TYLE CAMDEN
MONIQUE CHACHERE
VICTOR FLINT
JANICE FUKAWA
MARK LOGICO
SCOTT MEYER
PAUL MOBLEY
MONTE MUTU
HELENE OCLINARIA
JULIAN PAVDAL
MARISELA PAVDAL
DONALD RANDALL
MARC SIBAL
ALEXANDRA STIVERS
TELENIA SUTHERLAND
ANDREW THOMPSON
JASON VANASSE
PRENTIS WALKER
CHRIS ZISEN

US ARMY
PAUL CRUZ
JUSTIN FEWTRELL
LAYNE FITZPATRICK
WESLEY WATTS

NONPROFITS & SCHOOLS
ALU LIKE
HOPE CHAPEL
KA WAI OLA O WAIANAE
KALAMAU
NANAKULI HIGH AND INTERMEDIATE
NANI O WAIANAE
SEARIDER PRODUCTIONS
WAIANAE HIGH SCHOOL

WAIANAE HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
ALEX
CRISTAL AH NEE
CAYSHIA ALAPAI
JENNY APANA-BURT
LITTLE CHINA BARINO-ADKINS
SHAGE BOYCIE
JORDAN DECAMBRA
ALYSSA EDWARDS
YVONNE ESTENCION
ERNEST FURTADO
SONEST FURTADO
KEALANI GONZALEZ
TIANI HENSLEY
SARAH INAFUKU
CHRISSY JOSEPH
SHAINA JOSEPH
SIERRA KALEIOHI
KAYLA KAUWE
KYLEY KUI
KALYNN LALALOTU
MOLLY LOPES
ELISA LOWERY
JAZLYN MCCOY
JAYDEAN PACHECO
AUTUMN PEREIRA
JADA-MARIE PEREIRA
KEZ RAMOS
VINCE RAMOS
CHELSEA RAYNO
CELESTE SCHUTTE
CHANDA SCHUTTE
SAMANTHA SHERMAN
SAVANNAH SHERMAN
SIERRA SHERMAN
IESHA SIMBRE-NAEHU
KYCEY-ANN TAGUCHI
MARIAH TALBERT
HARMONIE WESTBROOK

GOVERNMENT
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
CITY CIVIL DEFENSE
CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
CITY DEPARTMENT OF FACILTIES MAINTENANCE
COUNCILMAN TOM BERG
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
HAWAII NATIONAL GUARD
REP. JO JORDAN
REP. KAREN AWANA
SEN. DANIEL INOUYE
SEN. MAILE SHIMABUKURO
STATE CIVIL DEFENSE
US AIR FORCE
US ARMY
US NAVY

…AND MANY OTHERS.  MAHALO NUI LOA TO ALL WHO HELPED!  CLICK HERE OR VISIT THIS LINK, http://maileswaianaecoastphotos.shutterfly.com/721, TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM THE CLEAN UP.

Dumped Tires a Major Problem in Nov. 19 Paakea Road Cleanup

Excerpts from Gordon Y.K. Pang’s “Illegally Dumped Tires Turn Up at Cleanup in Waianae” (Star-Advertiser, 11.20.11):

Tires were the main haul as about 200 volunteers cleared debris from the stream bed that caused flooding along Waianae’s Paakaea Road last January.

Officials from the federal, state and city governments set aside their disagreements about responsibility for the flooding to help lead the effort. Waianae Coast businesses, military personnel and high school groups, including 45 young men from the Youth Challenge Academy, also chipped in muscle and other resources.

The result of the collaboration: one 40-cubic-yard bin each of green waste, metal waste and construction waste; and four bins of tires.

So many tires were collected that much of the haul will need to be stored until cleanup organizers can determine how to dispose of them, said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Nanakuli, Makaha).

“Tires are a major epidemic, especially back here where it’s kind of out of sight of the naked eye,” she said.

A major reason is because people need to pay to legally dispose of tires, she said.

On the advice of community leader Mark Suiso, Shimabukuro said she will introduce legislation to have new tires treated like beverage containers by requiring a deposit that people can get back when they return them for recycling.

A second cleanup is scheduled for Dec. 10 along Puuhulu Stream, which has also been prone to flooding.

[Click here to read the full story — subscription to Star-Advertiser required. Click here for a related post in 21maile.]

COMMENT FROM SEN. SHIMABUKURO, 11.20.11:

In addition to the containers of tires, green waste, construction waste and metal mentioned in the article (the containers, by the way, were donated by Paradise Lua & Schnitzer Steel), the City contributed enormously by hauling several tons of trash and bulky items during the clean up, and paying for the tipping fees. There are many others to thank. A more extensive list of volunteers and donors will be published on my blog (21maile.com) soon. Mahalo nui loa to all for an amazing clean up!  — Sen. Maile Shimabukuro

Brooks Outland of Maili Delivers Keynote Address at Ceremony Aboard the Mighty Mo on 11/11/11

Combat veteran Brooks Outland delivered a stirring keynote address at a sunset ceremony aboard the “Mighty Mo” on Veteran’s Day (11/11/11).  Outland recalled riding the bow of the Mighty Mo at age 17 on the ship’s way to Korea.  After serving a few years aboard the Mighty Mo, Outland went on to serve in the Vietnam War. (Click here to visit Outland’s service webpage.)
Following his moving speech, the audience gave Outland a standing ovation. Later in the program, Navy members performed a tribute to the American flag called “Old Glory.” Afterwards, the flag used in the performance was presented to Outland. This honor came as a surprise, and brought tears to Outland’s eyes.
Sen. Shimabukuro was very proud to listen to her constituent and friend Brooks Outland on Veteran’s Day.  “Mahalo nui loa to Brooks and all veterans and active duty military members for your sacrifices on behalf of your fellow citizens,” Shimabukuro said.
Brooks Outland (center), with Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (right), and Sen. Shimabukuro’s friend, Jessica Ear (left).  In the background is Cal Domen of Wai`anae, a Navy veteran.

MA’O Farms’ Imu Turkey Fundraiser

First Lady Michelle Obama visited MA’O Farms on 11/12/11.  [Click the image to enlarge] 

Imu Turkey Fundraiser!

Ticket: $15/Turkey (Ham or Pork can be subbed)

  • Drop-off: Wednesday, November 23rd before 5 pm
  • Pick-up: Thursday, November 24th between 8 – 9 am
  • Where: MA`O Kauhale, 86-148 Puhawai Road

*Please defrost your turkey.  Place in roasting pan and cover securely with tin foil.

Call us for ticket information!

Mahalo for your support to send the Kauhale (MA`O Organic Farms, Searider Productions and Makaha Studios) to New Zealand on a cultural learning exchange.

Have a great Thanksgiving turkey without all the work!

For more information, call:

696-5569

Rep. Jo Jordan’s Fall 2011 Community Newsletter

Rep. Jo Jordan

Aloha,

I released my Fall 2011 Community Newsletter, which provides an update on infrastructure improvement projects planned for our community as well as information about some of the conferences that I was invited to participate in Hawaii and on the mainland from June through August.  Because the file is too large, I am unable to attach it to this email, but ask that you visit my website at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/memberpage.aspx?member=jordan and you will find the Fall 2011 Community Newsletter as well as all previous Newsletters released this year on the left hand side of the website.

Feel free to share this with anyone that you think would be interested in the information.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting me at 586-8460 or repjordan@captiol.hawaii.gov.

Mahalo,
Jo Jordan, Representative
45th District
Waianae, Makaha, Makua