Posted on: March 8, 2012

Watershed Issues: Upcoming Making Waves Lecture

What's taking place in your local watershed -- and how does it impact your drinking water and the health of our oceans? 

Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series will present a free evening of presentations on the topic, "Everything Flows to the Ocean" on Thursday, March 15, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center in Ma'alaea. The evening will include presentations by Sarah McClane of the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership and Michael Howden, a member of the Maui County Board of Water Supply and owner of a permaculture design business.
"Our watersheds are vital to the quality of our drinking water," says Drew Sullock, Pacific Whale Foundation Lead Naturalist and coordinator of the Making Waves Lecture Program. "They also have an impact on our nearshore ocean environment." 
"This month's Making Waves Lecture Series presentation will include information about the issues relating to our our island watersheds and how we can each be part of the solution," he notes. 
West Maui Mountain's Watershed Partnership's goal is to protect the native forest that supplies Maui residents with fresh clean water. The driving force behind the Watershed Partnerships is the idea that a healthy native forest will provide a sustainable source of water; because  healthy native vegetation is better at collecting and storing water while allowing it to slowly seep back into our aquifers. 
Sarah McLane, Program and Data Assistant of the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Geography from the University of South Carolina, where she specialized in GIS and remote sensing applications, as well as studying various modeling techniques for the suitable habitats of invasive species. 
Michael Howden obtained his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Middlebury College. He has served as a Board Member of the  Maui Tomorrow Foundation, has worked on Kaho'olawe Revegetation Projects and is a Member of the Maui County Board of Water Supply. He is the owner of Permaculture Maui and Chairperson of the Hawai'i State Board of Acupuncture.
Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series takes place on the third Thursday of every other month. Through presentations by guest speakers and Pacific Whale Foundation staff, this community outreach series strives to educate the public about issues relating to Maui's environment. The Making WavesLecture Series is funded by profits from Pacific Whale Foundation's ocean ecotours, sales in Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Stores and donations from supporters and members worldwide. To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation, please visit or call  For (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.