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Hawaii
Brown Water Advisory - Brown Water Advisory for East Hawaii

Start Date: 2017-08-21

Cause: Recent rains

Detail: A Brown Water Advisory is being issued for the eastern coast of the Big Island, due to heavy rains. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown, stay out and continue to practice good personal hygiene. Follow up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.

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Kauai
Brown Water Advisory - Brown Water Advisory - Kalapaki to Kealia

Start Date: 2017-08-22

Cause: Flooding/rain

Detail: A Brown Water Advisory has been issued from Kalapaki to Kealia on Kaua‘i. High river flow from surrounding areas into the ocean has resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown stay out. Continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow-up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.

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Brown Water Advisory - Brown Water Advisory - Hanalei Bay

Start Date: 2017-08-21

Cause: High river flow into Hanalei Bay

Detail: A Brown Water Advisory has been issued for Hanalei Bay on Kaua‘i. High river flow from surrounding areas into the ocean has resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown stay out. Continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow-up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.

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Beach Advisory - Reported high enterococci count at Hanalei Bay Landing, Kauai

Start Date: 2017-08-16

Cause: Elevated bacteria

Detail: The public is advised of a water quality exceedance of enterococci at Hanalei Bay Landing, Kauai. Levels of 238 per 100 mL have been detected during routine beach monitoring. The Department of Health Clean Water Branch provides beach monitoring and notification through its beach program. The advisory for this beach is posted because testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or parasites may be present in the water. Swimming at beaches with pollution in the water may make you ill. Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming. Fortunately, while swimming-related illnesses can be unpleasant, they are usually not very serious - they require little or no treatment or get better quickly upon treatment, and they have no long-term health effects. The most common illness associated with swimming in water polluted by sewage is gastroenteritis. It occurs in a variety of forms that can have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache or fever. Other minor illnesses associated with swimming include ear, eye, nose and throat infections. In highly polluted water, swimmers may occasionally be exposed to more serious diseases. Not all illnesses from a day at the beach are from swimming. Food poisoning from improperly refrigerated picnic lunches may also have some of the same symptoms as swimming-related illnesses, including stomachache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. At any given time and place, we are constantly exposed to a variety of microorganisms that have the potential of making us ill. The beach has been posted and this advisory will remain in effect until water sample results no longer exceed the threshold level of 130 enterococci per 100 mL. For more information, see: http://emdweb.doh.hawaii.gov/cwb/wqd/viewer/ and https://www.epa.gov/beaches/learn-human-health-beach

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Beach Advisory - Reported High Enterococci Count at Waimea Bay Landing [000840]

Start Date: 2017-06-15

Cause: Elevated Bacteria.

Detail: The public is advised of a water quality exceedance of enterococci at Waimea Bay Landing. Levels of 429 per 100 mL have been detected during routine beach monitoring. The Department of Health Clean Water Branch provides beach monitoring and notification through its beach program. The advisory for this beach is posted because routine testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or parasites may be present in the water. Swimming at beaches with pollution in the water may make you ill. Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming. Fortunately, while swimming-related illnesses can be unpleasant, they are usually not very serious - they require little or no treatment or get better quickly upon treatment, and they have no long-term health effects. The most common illness associated with swimming in water polluted by sewage is gastroenteritis. It occurs in a variety of forms that can have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache or fever. Other minor illnesses associated with swimming include ear, eye, nose and throat infections. In highly polluted water, swimmers may occasionally be exposed to more serious diseases. Not all illnesses from a day at the beach are from swimming. Food poisoning from improperly refrigerated picnic lunches may also have some of the same symptoms as swimming-related illnesses, including stomachache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. At any given time and place, we are constantly exposed to a variety of microorganisms that have the potential of making us ill. The beach has been posted and this advisory will remain in effect until water sample results no longer exceed the threshold level of 130 enterococci per 100 mL. For more information, see: http://emdweb.doh.hawaii.gov/cwb/wqd/viewer/ and https://www.epa.gov/beaches/learn-human-health-beach

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Maui
Sewage Spill - Wastewater Spill - Wailuku Wastewater Treatment Plant

Start Date: 2017-08-10

Cause: broken pipe

Detail: The public is advised to stay out of the waters north of Kahului Harbor from Kanaloa Avenue to Linekona Street. The CWB was notified by the County of Maui of a wastewater discharge near the County Wailuku Wastewater pump station. Approximately 68,000 gallons of the estimated 204,000 gallons, entered into the ocean. The discharge has been stopped, crews are on-site and repair work is underway. Warning signs are being posted and water samples are be collected. The public is advised to remain out of these waters until the signs have been removed. Please use the following link for more information. http://emdweb.doh.hawaii.gov/cwb/wqd/viewer/Home.aspx

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Oahu
Sewage Spill - Wastewater Spill - Honolulu Harbor H Buoy

Start Date: 2017-08-03

Cause: Wastewater dumping from vessel

Detail: The public is advised to stay out of the waters of Honolulu Harbor, near the H buoy. The Clean Water Branch was notified by the Coast Guard of a wastewater discharge near the H buoy outside of Honolulu Harbor. A vessel was seen dumping wastewater into the ocean as it approached Honolulu Harbor at 12:00pm. The vessel stopped discharging approximately 500-1000 yards from shore but continued to enter the harbor and is currently moored at Pier 38. The size of the vessel and details about the ownership of the vessel are unknown at this time. There are currently no plans to post warning signs.

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