At its February 14 meeting in Kona, after hours of testimony and discussion, the Commission on Water Resource Management denied a petition filed by the National Park Service (NPS) in September 2013 to designate the Keauhou aquifer system as a groundwater management area, finding that none of the designation triggers set forth in the state Water Code had been met.
The NPS filed the petition out of a belief that a stricter management regime needed to be imposed to ensure that fresh groundwater continued to flow into the coastal portions of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park — particularly its ancient fishponds . . .
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