It’s Been 100 Years—Finally Molokai Stream Water Is Back; Being Restored to Five Molokai Streams; Producing the Recharging of Ground Water & Restoring of Spring Flows;

WATER MANAGEMENT

SITUATION:
Water will be restored to five streams on Molokai;
After more than a century was almost fully diverted & often dry;
Kawela waters being diverted across the island and wasted.
Molokai leadership & influencers finally said enough is enough.
No longer could just sit & watch this precious water being thrown away,

SOLUTIONS
Flow standards set for the waterways that were often dry for almost a century
Commission expects the restored stream flows will have dramatic benefits;
Such as groundwater recharge & ecosystems & restoring coastal spring flows
All critical for limu growth,

SEZ:

1) “After over a hundred years of Kawela waters being diverted across the island and wasted, we finally said enough is enough.
“The big ranching and ag operations are gone, and we couldn’t just sit and watch this precious water be thrown away,”
— Walter Ritte, a member of Moloka’i No Ka Heke,

[2] “I want to acknowledge the young people here attending these meetings and advocating for stream restoration and a healthier community,” —Commissioner Aurora Kagawa-Vivianid. “We have an opportunity to restore life to an area and this is moving us towards true equality”

SOURCES:
1) State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
2) “Earthjustice, the nonprofit environmental law organization representing the group”
https://earthjustice.org
3) Melissa Tanji – mtanji@mauinews.com. (wrote the story )

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