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National Park Service Files with the State of Hawai`i for Water Resource Management Designation

September 13, 2013

The National Park Service has filed a petition with the Commission on Water Resource Management (Water Commission) asking them to designate the Keauhou Aquifer of North Kona as a Water Management Area (WMA) for groundwater.  The area in and around Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is home to culturally and environmentally significant public trust water resources, including fishponds, anchialine pools, and coral reefs.  The best available science indicates these resources and uses that depend on them are threatened with planned development of water mauka of the park. Despite years of effort by the Water Commission, the NPS, and other stakeholders to address the potential impacts of proposed development, no plan has been produced to protect water-dependent cultural and natural resources from the cumulative effects of groundwater withdrawals. The National Park Service believes that by acting now there will be more opportunities for the Water Commission and all stakeholders to balance our duty to protect the environment and Native Hawaiian practices with the continued need for water for new homes and businesses in North Kona.

To see the Press Release issued today by NPS: http://www.nps.gov/kaho/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageID=650082

Read the full Water Area Management Petition: http://www.nps.gov/kaho/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageID=650086

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The National Park Service seeks the state’s assistance in the careful management of culturally and environmentally significant water resources around Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park .

 

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