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September 6, 2013 | Feature

Grand Canyon Of The Pacific Running Dry

Native Hawaiians living on the rural southwestern shore of Kauaʻi—home of Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"—are witnessing the biggest water grab in the history of their island. Now they're fighting to put a stop to it, by petitioning the state with the help of Earthjustice.

August 30, 2013 | Case

Challenging a Panamanian Dam Project

Earthjustice challenged the Panamanian government’s approval of the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam project, which disregarded the environmental impacts of the dam to indigenous peoples and violated their rights to consultation and territories. The project's registration under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism highlights the need to ensure stronger protections of human rights in efforts to address climate change.

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.

July 29, 2013 | Case

Cleaning Up Industrial Dairy Farms in New York

A coalition of environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for its deregulation of industrial dairy farms with 200–299 cows.

July 23, 2013 | Case

Suing to Stop Illegal Sewage Discharges in Maui

Four Hawaiʻi community groups, represented by Earthjustice, have filed suit under the federal Clean Water Act to stop Maui County from discharging wastewater into the ocean from its Lahaina treatment plant without a permit. Millions of gallons of wastewater injected into wells at the facility each day surface offshore of popular Kahekili Beach Park in West Maui, killing the coral reef and triggering outbreaks of invasive algae.

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