Last year, when renewing several revocable permits to water users in the process of acquiring long-term leases from the Land Board, the DLNR’s Land Division reported that one longtime permittee was dropping out. The East Kaua‘i Water Users’ Cooperative, which used the water it diverted for agricultural purposes, informed the division that it simply could not afford to complete the steps necessary to secure a lease (compliance with the state environmental review law and the development of and financial contribution to a watershed management plan) and to operate the old sugarcane plantation irrigation system . . .
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