Posted on: April 29, 2014

Making Waves Lecture Series

Free Public Forum on the Role of Volunteer Citizen Science in Protecting Hawaii’s Aquatic Environments
Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series is hosting a free public forum to discuss “The Role of Volunteer Citizen Science in Protecting Hawaii’s Aquatic Resources” on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The event takes place at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center, located on the lower level of the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, adjacent to Maui Ocean Center. 
The featured speaker is Dr. Carl Berg, a research scientist, ecologist, environmental educator and wildlife tour leader who has been working on water quality issues in Hawaii for over 20 years. "Maui has experienced drought conditions for nearly a decade, but this past winter season has been particularly wet," notes Lauren Campbell, Conservation Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation. "All this rain has resulted in runoff events and brown water advisories at beaches throughout Maui. Dr. Berg's presentation will help citizens better understand how these events impact water quality, as well as discuss the ways that local citizens can become more involved when these events occur."  
Dr. Berg worked for the Hawaii Department of Health and was Chief Scientist for the Hanalei Watershed Hui, which was awarded an Environmental Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, received a Certificate of Recognition for its contribution to the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, and received Hawaii’s Living Reef Award for 2006 from the U.S. Department of Land and Natural Resources. Dr. Berg also has over 500 hours as a volunteer at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and was a founding member of the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale Sanctuary Advisory Council. 
Maui Nui Marine Resource Council and The Nature Conservancy have partnered with Pacific Whale Foundation to sponsor the event, and will be hosting a water quality workshop with Dr. Berg the following day. The workshop will bring together water quality experts, government agencies and community water quality monitoring groups, and is by invitation only.
Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for the May 15 event. For more information, contact Pacific Whale Foundation’s Conservation Department at (808) 280-4736.