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Volume 23, Number 7 2013

Rapid Decline of Lake Waiau Continues

From above, it looked like dregs in a coffee cup. Emerald green dregs. Green because the nutrients in the lake are so concentrated now that it’s only 10 to 20 centimeters deep.

Lake Waiau, the most sacred water body in Hawaiian culture, is close to disappearing.

“We’re losing this lake,” Lisa Hadway told the Natural Area Reserve System Commission at its meeting in November. Hadway heads the Big Island branch of the NARS and has been watching with despair the lake’s rapid decline in recent years.

-- Teresa Dawson

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