The Latest On: Clean Water
After ten years, environmental groups and Native Hawaiians settled a decade-long dispute concerning how much water companies may divert from Maui streams. “We are very happy with the resolution. Water will be flowing in four Na Wai Eha Streams 10 years after litigation began and more than a century after diversions began drying them out. Restored stream flows will support native species, Native Hawaiian taro farming and other public uses,” said Earthjustice attorney Isaac Moriwake.
A federal court ruled that the South Florida Water Management District violated the Clean Water Act by approving backpumping in Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, because it can harm public health and wildlife. Backpumping is the practice of taking water from a source, using it on farm lands and then discharging nutrient-laden water back into the source. “I found it bizarre that a state would fight against the people who live there.