When, exactly, should an environmental assessment or impact statement be done for a state action?
Regarding the century-long diversion of water from dozens of East Maui streams for sugarcane and now diversified agriculture and municipal uses, Alexander & Baldwin’s efforts in May 2001 to obtain a 30-year lease for the water was what triggered the environmental impact statement that the company released a draft of last September.
But well before A&B’s request for a lease came to the Land Board, native Hawaiians and members of the conservation community opposed . . .
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