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April 21, 2014 | In the News: Hawaii News Now

Groups, Companies Settle Maui Water Dispute

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.

April 10, 2014 | Feature

Restore Stream Flow

Water in Hawaiʻi is a public trust resource, protected under the state Constitution and Water Code. Plantations diverted many Hawaiian streams to water sugar cane and pineapple fields, drying out and destroying the native life and Hawaiian communities connected with those streams. Now that plantations are in decline, the water can be restored to the native streams.

April 1, 2014 | In the News: The News Press

Judge Says No to Lake O Polluting

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.

March 3, 2014 | Article

Restoring Instream Flow to Maui's "Four Great Waters"

Under modern Hawaiʻi law, the rivers and streams in question (collectively known as Nā Wai ʻEhā—“The Four Great Waters” of Waihe‘e, ʻĪao (traditionally Wailuku), Waiehu, and Waikapū) are a public trust; but since the sugar plantation era, two companies drained them dry for private profit.

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