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WRRCPR No.95-11 Nonpoint Source Pollution Within the Anahulu River and Opaeula Stream Drainage Areas, Kaiaka-Waialua Bay Hydrologic Unit Area, Oahu, Hawaii

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Title:WRRCPR No.95-11 Nonpoint Source Pollution Within the Anahulu River and Opaeula Stream Drainage Areas, Kaiaka-Waialua Bay Hydrologic Unit Area, Oahu, Hawaii
Authors:DeVito, Paul A.
Dugan, Gordon L.
Murabayashi, Edwin T.
Gee, Henry K.
Keywords:land use
show 16 morestreamflow
suspended solids
storm runoff
drainage area
water quality
forest reserve
sugarcane culture
automatic water sampler
grab samples
Kaiaka Bay
Waialua Bay
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LC Subject Headings:Anahulu River (Hawaii)
Nonpoint source pollution -- Hawaii -- Oahu.
Opaeula Stream (Hawaii)
Water quality -- Hawaii -- Oahu.
Date Issued:May 1995
Publisher:Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation:DeVito PA, Dugan GL, Murabayashi ET, Gee HK. 1995. Nonpoint source pollution within the Anahulu River and Opaeula Stream drainage areas, Kaiaka-Waialua Bay hydrologic unit area, Oahu, Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. WRRC project report, 95-11.
Series:WRRC Project Reports
Abstract:Kaiaka and Waialua bays, located on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, have long-term histories of turbid water conditions occurring after significant rainfall events. The bays are the receptacles of the approximately 70,700-acre Kaiaka-Waialua Bay Hydrologic Unit Area, with Kaiaka Bay receiving runoff from four distinct drainage areas and Waialua Bay from one drainage area. Kaiaka Bay receives runoff from 86% of the hydrologic unit's surface area, with the remainder flowing to Waialua Bay. The flashy nature of the rainfall events in the hydrologic unit, the short times of concentration, the distances between the five separate drainage areas, and the time required to travel to potential sampling sites precluded the use of grab samples; thus the only practical alternative was the use of stream-height-activated automatic water samplers. With the financial limits dictated by the funding for first phase of the study, coupled with the need for expensive automatic water samplers, only two drainage areas, Anahulu River and Opaeula Stream, which flow to Waialua and Kaiaka bays, respectively, were monitored to ascertain baseline water quality concentrations and constituent loadings. Land use within
both subdrainage areas consists of forest reserve and sugarcane agriculture. Grab samples were typically
collected during dry weather for a one-year period from two sites on each stream, an upper site located
at the lower end of the forest reserve area and a lower site at the lower portion of the agricultural area,
just above tidal influence. During the 1992-93 "wet season," traditionally considered to be from
approximately November through March, a continuous automatic sampler was installed at each sampling
site to continuously monitor streamflow and rainfall and to collect storm runoff samples. Sample analyses
of typical water quality and pesticide/toxic chemical constituents revealed several noteworthy relationships.
Suspended solids, turbidity, total phosphorus, and nitrate nitrogen were directly related to flow
(increase for increase) from upper to lower sampling sites. The nine targeted pesticides and toxins were
below the level of analytical detectability for both the dry- and wet-weather samples. The Opaeula
drainage basin contributed significantly more pollutants on a per-area basis than did the Anahulu
drainage basin, with the exception of filtered phosphorus. Most notable were the suspended solids
loading rates, which were four to five times greater for the upper and lower Opaeula sites than for the
respectively located Anahulu sites.
Pages/Duration:x + 81 pages
Appears in Collections: WRRC Project Reports

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