An on-going project is underway to improve the quality of the windward water system, with the wetlands playing an integral part of that.
“We’ve been studying the water from all the way down at the ocean, all the way up to the headwaters at this stream and so the idea to eventually tie the whole network together,” said Smith. "How long that will take? It's hard to say."
“I’ve been working on this project for 30 years, so patience is definitely part of the equation,” said Smith.
Past struggles to get this far is now water under the bridge. Time now to look forward to restoring a native forest on the hillside and making sure the birds make a healthy comeback.
The land deal cost $1.17 million with the state using $450,000 from its Legacy Land Conservation Program and the rest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.