THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1488

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to protection of streams.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the historic diversion of free-flowing streams in East Maui caused devastating impacts to stream ecosystems, fisheries, cultural traditions, and subsistence communities. The legislature further finds that despite these impacts, the board of land and natural resources has failed to comply with state laws regarding environmental impact statements, despite a 2003 court ruling that requires an environmental assessment be performed before any water use permits are issued. The legislature also finds that the board abdicated its role as a trustee by failing to limit diversions from public lands, failing to require measurements of the quantity of water taken from each stream, failing to protect aquatic life, and failing to enforce permit conditions. With the demise of plantations, the State has the opportunity to rectify great wrongs.

The purpose of this Act is to prohibit the board from approving any water use permit that authorizes the diversion of water from east Maui streams for commercial purposes.

SECTION 2. Chapter 171, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"171-   Diversion of water from east Maui county streams. The board shall not approve any water use permit that authorizes the diversion of water from east Maui streams on public land for commercial purposes; provided that supplying water to existing water users under the Maui county department of water supply shall not be considered a commercial use."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Water Diversion; Water Use Permits; DLNR; East Maui County

 

Description:

Prohibits dispositions that authorize diverting water from East Maui county streams for commercial purposes, except for existing water uses by the Maui County Department of Water Supply.

 

 

 

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