Yay! Paper accepted! My work at @OlesonLab is finally starting to come out of the review process! Decision analysis to support wastewater management in a coral reef priority area will soon be out in a Marine Pollution Bulletin special issue https://t.co/x7yLda8QE0
The latest from our #decisionscience work in Hawaii is out in #preprint #openaccess. Cost-benefit analysis of options for upgrading cesspools to conserve coral reefs in Maui. Comments welcome :) https://t.co/fxj4N8qqk4 @klloleson
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Barnes MD, Goodell W, Whittier R, Falinski KA, Callender T, Htun H, LeViol C, Slay H, Oleson KLL.2019. Decision analysis to support wastewater management in coral reef priority area. PeerJ Preprints7:e27470v1https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27470v1
A cocktail of land-based sources of pollution threatens coral reef ecosystems, and addressing these has become a key management and policy challenge in Hawaiʻi, US and territories, and globally. In West Maui, Hawaiʻi, nearly one quarter of all living corals were lost between 1995-2008. Onsite disposal systems (OSDS) for sewage are common contaminants for drinking water sources and nearshore waters. In recognition of this risk, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) is prioritizing areas for cesspool upgrades. Independently, we applied a decision analysis process to identify priority areas to address sewage pollution from OSDS in West Maui, with the objective of reducing nearshore coral reef exposure to pollution. The decision science approach is relevant to a broader context of coastal areas both statewide and in coastal systems worldwide which are struggling with identifying pollution mitigation actions on limited budgets.