Stream Dreams

Just how much water the sugar substitute crops in Central Maui will require is anyone’s guess – though chances are, they’ll require nowhere near the amount that A&B’s plantation needed.

Still, as we report in this month’s cover story, the latest decision in the contest over the fate of many of the streams in East Maui that feed into the irrigation ditches that once watered thousands of acres of sugar would give the successors to sugar almost as much water as sugar needed. Whether it will be adopted by the Commission on Water Resource Management is now anyone’s guess.

Also in this issue, we discuss the Hawai`i Green Infrastructure Authority’s repeated attempts to rid itself of the Public Utilities Commission’s oversight, as well as the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ second attempt to rid Lehua Island of rats by aerially broadcasting rodenticide. We also report on recent decisions of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources and the Natural Area Reserves System Commission.