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HDOT News Release: HDOT hosts annual Protect our Water Conference to provide training on minimizing storm water pollutants

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) hosted the 2018 Protect Our Water Conference Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Pomaikai Ballrooms. This annual conference brings together contractors, subcontractors, consultants and governmental employees charged with minimizing the entry of pollutants into the islands’ storm water system.

“As we manage our state’s airports, roadways, and harbors we are always mindful that everything that enters our islands’ storm drain system eventually ends up in our oceans,” said Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay. “The Protect Our Water Conference is an opportunity to remind those working on our facilities of the best practices to protect our ocean environment.”

The 2018 conference focused on temporary construction best management practices (BMPs) and provided training to approximately 400 attendees on how to minimize polluted storm water runoff from construction activities. More information on the conference, including the conference tracks can be found at

Photographs from the 2018 Protect Our Water Conference can be found by clicking here.

HDOT maintains storm water management programs for its Highways, Airports, and Harbors Divisions. These programs are responsible to implement storm water management plans designed to reduce the amount of storm water containing pollutants entering storm water systems and to comply with HDOT’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit. For more information on HDOT’s storm water management, visit