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Pila`a Coral Reef Protection

Case Number # 6373

The developer of a luxury subdivision on Kaua`i neglected to put in erosion-control measures. The resulting runoff damaged a coral reef essential to wildlife, subsistence fishermen, swimmers, divers and others. Earthjustice filed suit to force the developer to fix the problem and is currently monitoring a settlement agreement requiring ecosystem restoration. The settlement also imposed the largest civil penalty ever assessed for violations of the Clean Water Act at a single site.

Press Releases

Thursday, March 9, 2006
Developer to pay nearly $8 million in fines, environmental projects
Monday, August 19, 2002
Irrisponsible development threatens traditional practices