11/07/14 – Public Invited To Workshop On Watershed Planning In West Maui

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 in Forestry & Wildlife, News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release November 07, 2014 

PUBLIC INVITED TO WORKSHOP
ON WATERSHED PLANNING IN WEST MAUI

KAHULUI – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will host a workshop in Lahaina on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to share results of the Draft Watershed Characterization Study for the West Maui watersheds of Kahana, Honokahua, and Honolua.  The workshop will be held at the Kaunoa Senior Center, Lahaina, 788 Pauoa Street.

This study is the first volume of a two-volume plan sponsored by the DLNR and USACE that will propose management measures to assist in mitigating land-based sources of pollutants that adversely affect water quality, and the health of the coral reef ecosystem in all three watersheds. The workshop will include a presentation on study findings and information booths set up to gather public input and answer questions on the study findings. Recently implemented projects from the previously completed Wahikuli-Honokôwai Watershed Management Plan will also be shared at the workshop.  

The Kahana, Honokahua, and Honolua Watershed Management Plan and the previously published Wahikuli-Honokôwai Watershed Management Plan are part of the larger West Maui Ridge 2 Reef Initiative focusing management efforts across all five watersheds.  These Watershed Management Plans focus on short term solutions to address land-based sources of pollution and will be incorporated into a USACE and DLNR sponsored West Maui Watershed Plan that proposes a recommended strategy to address long-term impacts to the coral reef ecosystem health throughout the five watersheds

Please contact Tova Callender, West Maui Watershed Coordinator at tova@westmauir2r.com or 808-214-4239 for further information.

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Media Contacts:
Deborah Ward
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Public Information Specialist
(808) 587-0320

Joseph Bonfiglio 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District 
Chief Public Affairs Office
Ft. Shafter, Hawaii 96858
(808) 835-4004