HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.R. NO.

138

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

 

URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, Department of Health, AND THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO take necessary steps to EXPEDITE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE REPLACEMENT WASH-DOWN STATIONS AT MAUNALUA BAY.

 

 

 


     WHEREAS, Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu is a favorite spot for canoe paddlers, boaters, kayakers, fishers, and picnickers; and

 

     WHEREAS, Maunalua Bay once had four wash-down stations, located away from the vehicle traffic of the bay, where boaters could safely wash their boats and other belongings after returning from the ocean; and

 

     WHEREAS, deterioration of the wash-down area pavement, and Department of Health regulations prohibiting water run-off from draining directly into the ocean, forced the State to relocate the wash-down stations to a different location at Maunalua Bay; and

 

     WHEREAS, the new wash-down stations can only accommodate three boats and are configured so that usually only two boats can use the stations at one time; and

 

     WHEREAS, the new wash-down stations lack proper lighting, are located in an area of high vehicle traffic, add to the traffic congestion of the bay and Hawaii Kai Drive, and are dangerous to use; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Department of Land and Natural Resources is working toward expanding and improving the new wash-down stations, but is encountering difficulty due to some of the land for the proposed expansion area being owned by the City and County of Honolulu; and

 

     WHEREAS, expansion and improvement of the new wash-down stations require certification from the Department of Health that any resulting discharge will not violate applicable water quality standards, in accordance with section 401(a)(1) of the federal Clean Water Act; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Department of Health is required under state law to adopt rules specifying a maximum time period to grant or deny a business- or development-related permit, license, or approval; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Department of Health has adopted rules providing that if the Director of Health fails or refuses to act on a request for certification within one year after receipt of a complete water quality certification application, then specified certification requirements must be waived with respect to the concurrently required federal application; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Department of Health's responses to government and private sector applications are often issued more than two years following a complete application submission; and

 

     WHEREAS, the time required to obtain a water quality certification is unreasonably long, is not consistent with the intent set forth in section 91-13.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and results in costly delays to both government and private applicants; and

 

     WHEREAS, the timely approval or disapproval of applications is a reasonable expectation and is necessary for applicants to accurately budget for and implement capital improvements and natural resource management projects; now, therefore,

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-eighth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2015, that the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Health, and City and County of Honolulu are urged to take necessary steps to expedite construction for the expansion and improvement of the replacement wash-down stations at Maunalua Bay; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Director of Health, and the Mayor and Council Chairperson of the City and County of Honolulu.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title: 

Maunalua Bay; Wash-Down Stations; Repair; DLNR; DOH; Honolulu