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August 4, 2013 | In the News: Maui Now

Wastewater from Injection Well Traced to Kahekili Beach

A study has been released with data that confirms that Lahaina County wastewater discharge negatively impacted nearshore water quality in Maui, Hawai’i. The study demonstrates that as much as 64 percent of treated wastewater injected into wells at the treatment facility has been discharged at Kahekili Beach, contributing to algal growth and harming the sensitive coral reef ecosystem.

August 4, 2013 | In the News: Hawaii News Now

Petition filed to restore Kauai's Waimea River

A coalition of native Hawaiians and environmental groups has filed a petition with the State Water Commission calling for the removal of the Waiahulu Dam from Waimea River in West Kauai. Every day, fifty million gallons of water are diverted from the river, which at one time hosted thriving populations of native fish and shrimp, to a retired sugar cane plantation.

August 4, 2013 | In the News: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

EPA reverses course, nixes Idaho pollution rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a rule written by Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality that would have allowed polluters to dump new pollution into the state’s waterways without review. The rule, which exempted activities such as mining from critical oversight, could have produced serious health risks by permitting polluters to discharge toxic chemicals that accumulate in the environment and in food chains.

July 31, 2013 | Case

Defending Sea Otter Recovery in Southern California

Conservation and wildlife groups, represented by Earthjustice, are defending a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end a failed policy of trying to exclude sea otters from their Southern California habitat—a so-called “no-otter zone”—by relocating otters to other areas. An industry group, the California Sea Urchin Commission, has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal decision to end the backward management policy.