For the first time in more than 100 years, the Waimea River on Kauaʻi will flow continuously through the iconic “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” A landmark deal will restore flows to the river that have been diverted since the sugar plantation era.
What’s next after NextEra? The Public Utilities Commission rejected the NextEra-Hawaiian Electric takeover deal, but the real work to build a clean energy system by and for the people of Hawaii has just begun. [Read more about Hawai‘i’s Public Utilities Commission rejection of the $4.3 billion sale of HECO, Hawai‘i’s main utility, to Florida-based NextEra Energy.]
Co-authored by Earthjustice Associate Attorney Kylie Wager.
As public-interest environmental lawyers at Earthjustice, we’ve gone up against our share of billion-dollar companies that don’t have the best interests of the environment and planet at heart. While we count on the power of justice to overcome their almighty dollars, every so often, we win a victory so big, so fulfilling, so right, because it brings together years of hard work and opens up opportunities and hope for the future.
The public comment period is coming to a close on Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which could be the most important piece of environmental regulation out of his administration. But what does the proposed plan have in store for Hawaiʻi? Right now, not much at all.
The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court recently issued another landmark decision on water resources and the public trust. The case, Kauai Springs v. Kauai Planning Commission, involved a company bottling and selling spring water on the island of Kauaʻi.
Next week—almost 10 years after Earthjustice started its campaign to restore instream flows to “The Four Great Waters” on Maui—we are again going into legal battle to determine exactly how much more water will be restored.