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Water in Hawaii

Bret Yager: Well Failures Leave Hawaii County Facing Water Cutbacks Bret Yager

Bret Yager: Well Failures Leave Hawaii County Facing Water Cutbacks

North Kona residents have been forced to curtail water use to essentials like cooking and drinking.

Big Island Dairy Sued Over Water Pollution Concerns Courtesy of Kupale Ookala

Big Island Dairy Sued Over Water Pollution Concerns

The complaint claims the company is violating the Clean Water Act by fouling ocean-bound gulches with animal waste.

Deal Reached In Dispute Over Waimea River Water Diversion Courtesy: John Rusk/Flickr

Deal Reached In Dispute Over Waimea River Water Diversion

A 4-year-old case ends in an agreement to restore water for Hawaiians, renewable energy, agriculture and the environment.

Beware Of Big Brown Globs In The Waters Off Hawaii Beaches Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Beware Of Big Brown Globs In The Waters Off Hawaii Beaches

Some near-shore waters can be heavily contaminated with fecal matter. Talks are underway about when signs should be posted.

EPA Directs Hawaii To Warn Public About Polluted Beaches Courtesy: Surfrider Foundation

EPA Directs Hawaii To Warn Public About Polluted Beaches

High levels of a bacteria widely used as an indicator of fecal contamination have been found on the south shore of Kauai.
State Sued Over Kauai Pesticides Earthjustice

State Sued Over Kauai Pesticides

An environmental law group sues the Department of Agriculture over pesticides detected in local waters at popular sites.
Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown Alexander & Baldwin

Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown

UPDATED 4/6/2016: Big Ag has long diverted water to serve Central Maui at the expense of others, and the dispute is outliving sugar cane farming.
Just Say No to Balfour for Water Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Just Say No to Balfour for Water Commission

A voting record that seems to value business concerns over the environment should persuade senators to reject a nominee who would be 87 by the end of his term.
Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2 Million for Stormwater Violations at 2 Harbors PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2 Million for Stormwater Violations at 2 Harbors

UPDATED. Department of Transportation responds to settlement agreement with EPA, DOJ, DOH.
Hawaii Fluoride Debate Idle Despite Major Policy Shifts On Mainland

Hawaii Fluoride Debate Idle Despite Major Policy Shifts On Mainland

Honolulu is one of the few large U.S. cities that doesn't add the cavity-fighting mineral to its public water supply.
Would Kaimana Beach Disappear With the Waikiki Natatorium? Flickr

Would Kaimana Beach Disappear With the Waikiki Natatorium?

Debate over War Memorial reignites fears of beach being washed out to sea.
NOAA Program: Kill The Sharks To Save The Baby Monk Seals

NOAA Program: Kill The Sharks To Save The Baby Monk Seals

But the marine oversight agency failed to nab a single galapagos shark this year.