Author: Rob Weltman

Storm dumped brown water on Kihei

#kihei #storm Exceedingly heavy rain Sunday (12/11/16) evening leads to brown kai this week. Our unscientific conclusion was north Kihei area more affected than south Kihei For those who want real science about the kai water quality see the recent post entitled, “ We Need Your Help to Evaluate Ocean Water Quality” Additionally a long time KCA member provided this video showing one way brown water reaches the kai on Thursday Dec 16, 2016. This stream flows into the ocean between Kam I and Charlie Young. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWP-lm8awL0...

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County survey on water use policies!

TAKE A SURVEY — OPTIONS TO ADDRESS WATER ISSUES — MAUI ISLAND WATER USE & DEVELOPMENT PLAN Please forward to others who are interested in water issues on Maui!  Post on social media! This survey is designed by the Maui County Water Supply Department to gauge public acceptance of and feedback on a range of generalized policies, measures or options that could be integrated into the Water Use and Development Plan to address water issues on Maui Island.  These measures are based on public input, studies and document review.  In the next stage of the process (later in 2016) measures will be bundled into strategies with ballpark costs, for another round of public review and comment.  The survey should take about 20-30 minutes. Thank you for participating.    SURVEY:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZYDCKFK You are encouraged to take this new survey even if you filled out a survey at our community meetings this Spring. The Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan (WUDP) will provide a plan for the protection, management and use of water resources on Maui by all water users over a 20 year period.  More information and materials provided at public meetings earlier this year are online for your review at http://www.mauicounty.gov/2051/Maui-Island-Water-Use-Development-Plan  Please contact Pam Townsend, Water Resources & Planning Division, for more information or with any questions at (808)463-3110, or by email...

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County Department of Planning Reports to Council on Plan Implementation

The County of Maui Department of Planning is required to report annually to the Maui County Council on progress in implementation of the Maui County Community Plans, the Countywide Policy Plan, and the Maui Island Plan. Collectively these plans are called the General Plan. Despite this requirement, no such report was submitted prior to 2016. Will Spence delivered the first reports to the Council on March 31 this year, and they were reviewed in Council on August 18. Many of the items in the plans are very specific decisions by the Community while some may be considered guidelines. In 2012, the Department proposed creating a Plan Implementation Division; the division was created in 2015. It is headed by Kathleen Aoki and it also includes a GIS person and a staff person. Will said that so far the division has mostly been working on writing reports. The current report has been in progress for several years. There are 1015 total implementing actions in all of the plans, with an additional 73 sub-actions. To prepare the report, the division requested surveys from various departments to identify each action as green (complete), yellow (started but not complete), or red (not started). For the Maui Island Plan, the numbers are: 44 green, 148 yellow, 131 red For all the nine Community Plans together, the numbers are: 151 green, 246 yellow, 222 red The...

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A Visit to the Kihei Wastewater Treatment Plant

                        Much of the discussion the past year around water quality at Cove Park has revolved around the pathways and content of the injection well water: how much reaches the ocean and where, what is the nutrient (nitrogen) content at that point? Tom said that the plant already applies aerobic and anaerobic treatment beyond what is required by law to reduce the amount of nutrients, but no studies have been done (unlike at Lahaina) to trace the paths of the water to the sea. Tom said the South Maui Treatment facility is following the requirements placed on the Lahaina Treatment Plant by the EPA to be ahead of the curve.  The South Maui facility is inspected by the Department of Health on a yearly basis. Maui County is the only County that requires the use of R1 water if property is adjacent to the R1 wastewater lines.  The property owners pay less than one third the cost of potable water for irrigation with R1 water. There have been proposals to use some or all of the unused R1 water for the Wailea golf courses but it was considered too expensive for the county to build the pipelines. Hopefully construction of the pipelines will be a condition for future construction in Wailea (Wailea 670?). What would it take to...

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Next Community Meeting

May 21, 2019

6:30 To 8:00 at Saint Theresa Church at 25 West Lipoa Street.


KCA welcomes Amanda Cording to update us on the alternative plan she is working on for the South Maui Drainage Plan, offering a Low Impact Design instead of additional concrete culverts and stream diversions.


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