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Commission to hold public fact-gathering meeting on West Maui water sources

By Staff | Nov 23, 2017

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LAHAINA – The staff of the Commission on Water Resource Management will hold a public fact-gathering meeting on Dec. 6 in the Lahaina Intermediate School Cafeteria from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to receive testimony and any additional information to be compiled as part of an Instream Flow Standard Assessment Report.

These reports will serve as the primary reference of best available information for subsequent amendments to the interim instream flow standards for the surface water hydrologic units of Ukumehame, Olowalu, Launiupoko and Kauaula.

One report has been prepared for each surface water hydrologic unit.

The meeting is being conducted in accordance with a modified interim instream flow standard process approved by the commission at its Dec. 13, 2006 meeting.

The modified process includes an agency review/public fact-gathering component not required by statute and is consistent with Part VI (Instream Uses of Water) of the State Water Code, Chapter 174C, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and Title 13, Chapter 169 (Protection of Instream Uses of Water), Hawaii Administrative Rules.

A public review draft of each of the Instream Flow Standard Assessment Reports for Ukumehame, Olowalu, Launiupoko and Kauaula is available online on the CWRM website at http://dInr.hawaii.Rov/cwrm/surfacewater/ifs/westmaui/.

All interested persons are urged to attend the public meeting and submit comments orally or in writing. The commission will continue to accept written testimony until Dec. 30, 2017.

Testimony can be mailed to Commission on Water Resource Management, State Department of Land and Natural Resources, P.O. Box 621, Honolulu, HI 96809; faxed to (808) 587-0219; or e-mailed to dlnr.cwrm@hawaii.gov.

Disabled individuals planning to attend the public hearing are asked to contact the commission at the above address or phone (808) 587-0214 at least three days in advance of the public hearing to indicate if they have special needs that require accommodation.