Water Commission Struggles to Address Failure to Enforce Minimum Stream Flows

posted in: January 2018 | 0

It’s been more than a decade since the community group Hui o Na Wai Eha petitioned the state Commission on Water Resource Management to amend the interim instream flow standards (IIFS) of Waihe‘e and Wailuku rivers and Waikapu and Waiehu streams. The streams (collectively known as Na Wai Eha or “the four great waters”) have long been diverted for agricultural and other purposes, to the detriment of stream organisms, area residents and farmers with appurtenant water rights, and native Hawaiians wishing to exercise traditional and customary practices. With its petition, the Hui hoped to put an end to . . .

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