Protecting the Environment

The island of Oʻahu has a unique blend of volcanic soils, diverse rainfall patterns and a favorable climate. These factors support a wide range of agricultural products; from pineapple and sugarcane to seed corn, landscape nurseries, papayas and vegetables.

Oʻahu also has 12,160 acres of inland waters and is surrounded by beaches and beautiful coral reefs. Because many of its streams start in steep mountain areas, erosion and flash flooding are significant concerns, carrying soil, excess nutrients and rubbish downstream and eventually into coastal waters.

Through numerous projects and partnerships, Oʻahu RC&D improves the quality of the natural resources of our island. These projects include watershed restoration projects, helping farmers learn ways to decrease erosion and its effects on their land through conservation planning, and providing low-cost seed for planting cover crops.