(BIVN) – A cooperative flood-monitoring program on Hawai‘i Island between the county and the United States Geological Survey will continue, thanks to a recent council vote to fund the effort.
According to Resolution 319-17, the agreement would provide $44,696 from the Department of Public Works to the USGS to continue the monitoring of various Big Island streams.
The effort provides helpful data on streamflow which can inform an understanding of hydrology, or in the case of civil defense, flooding hazards in near real-time, county officials said.
Some councilmembers wanted to know which streams were being monitored. Kona councilman Dru Kanuha asked specifically if there was a monitor for Waiaha Stream.
According to this USGS website which provides data from monitored streams on Hawaii Island and across the state, Waiaha is on the list.
Also on the list of monitored streams that appear on the USGS streamflow data page:
- Wailuku River at Piihonua
- Honolii Stream near Papaikou
- Kawainui Stream near Kamuela
- Alakahi Stream near Kamuela
- Waiaha Stream at Holualoa
- Paauau Gulch at Pahala
The resolution passed with the council’s full support.