The Regional Water Quality Coordination
Program, one component of the CSREES National Water Quality Program,
seeks to ensure the integration of water quality efforts within
the jurisdiction of each of the ten regions established by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Program is designed to make research, education,
and extension resources of the university system more accessible
to Federal, State, and local water quality improvement efforts,
thus enhancing opportunities for agricultural producers and
agriculturally impacted communities to adopt voluntary approaches
for the improvement of water quality.
States and territories within
the Southwest States and Pacific Islands Region (EPA
Region IX) include Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada,
American Samoa, Guam, Marshal Islands, Federated States
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and Palau. Two 1994 Tribally-Controlled Community Colleges (TC3), Diné College in Arizona and D-Q University in California, are also members of the Region.
Hawaii’s component of the Regional Water Quality
and Extension Coordination
Carl I. Evensen is the Principal Investigator for Hawaii, and a Professor with the
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, College
Agriculture and Human Resources.
The objective of Hawaii's component of this project is to improve water quality
management through educational knowledge and extension programming
from a research base. This web site is a product of this effort.
It is a “living” site that will be updated and expanded
on as the region continues to develop and share new and existing
management techniques, financial resources, and educational programs.