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April 30, 2014 | Case

Cleaning Up Sewage Flows from Cruise Ships

Friends of the Earth, represented by Earthjustice, have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking more effective regulation of sewage discharges from cruise ships and other vessels in U.S. waters.

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.