Going With(out) the Flow

Waikapu gate.

Despite the fact that the state Commission on Water Resource Management in 2014 adopted agreed-upon minimum instream flow standards intended to ensure sufficient water for the farmers and others with rights to it, the Wailuku Water Company has apparently continued to divert water from the four great streams – Na Wai Eha – in amounts that regularly exceeded what the commission had allowed.

And as we report in this month’s cover story, the commission staff so far has done next to nothing about it, claiming it was helpless to enforce absent some time-consuming amendment to the rules under which it operates and improved streamflow monitoring.

The situation was finally brought to the commission’s attention in a meeting last month. Commissioners seemed outraged, but will that be enough to put things right?

We’re watching.

Also in this issue, we report on the latest developments regarding the Hu Honua power plant on Hawai`i island, the court case over aquarium species collecting permits, the Ko`olau Loa Sustainable Communities Plan, on-bill financing for renewable energy, and a cliffside home in Hilo that’s slowly falling into the sea.


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