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West Maui Watershed, Island of Maui, Hawai`i : Section 905(B) WRDA 1986 analysis report : reconnnaissance
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    2010
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West Maui Watershed, Island of Maui, Hawai`i : Section 905(B) WRDA 1986 analysis report : reconnnaissance
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    United States, Army., Corps of Engineers., Honolulu District, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ; United States, Environmental Protection Agency,
  • Funding:
    Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.;
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  • Description:
    "Based on a request made by the State of Hawai`i, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to address water resource issues including impacts to coral reefs in the West Maui area on the island of Maui, Hawai`i, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District (USACE) received appropriation from Congress in 2008 to initiate a reconnaissance study. The purpose of this reconnaissance study was to confirm there is a need for aquatic ecosystem restoration and watershed planning in the study area; determine if there is a federal interest in pursuing a watershed project; define the scope, cost and schedule of the feasibility study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project; and gain nonfederal sponsor commitment. The reconnaissance phase culminates in a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1986 Section 905(b) Analysis, a Project Management Plan (PMP), and a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement (FCSA). This document fulfills the commitment of the WRDA 1986 Section 905(b) Analysis. The document finds that the primary problems in the watershed include impacts to stream resources, impacts to groundwater quality and quantity, watershed degradation, impacts to coral reef/nearshore waters associated, flooding and sedimentation, and general concerns associated with climate change, land ownership, transparency of regulations, and education and outreach. There has been and continues to be a variety of studies and efforts in the watershed at the federal, State, local, and community levels to address portions of these problems but an integrated and collaborative plan is needed to effectively resolve the problems and ensure long-term sustainability. Through the USACE watershed planning authorities, there is a federal interest for USACE to pursue an integrated and collaborative watershed project in West Maui. As a result of this finding, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have agreed to have funded actions by the State of Hawai`i be integrated into the plan as part of the non-federal sponsor match in accordance with Section 2007 of WRDA 2007. The State of Hawai`i DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), and Commission for Water Resources Management (CWRM) and the State of Hawai`i, Department of Health (DOH) are committed to be sponsors for this project. Based on availability of funds, the feasibility study area has been reduced from the Reconnaissance Study area of 90,000 acres to 24,000 acres, coinciding with priority areas for restoration identified by the State. In the event more funds become available, the feasibility study will be expanded and/or tiered studies will be initiated based on the FINdings of this report. The FCSA is scheduled to be executed in October 2010 with the feasibility study/EIS to be completed in 2016"--Executive summary.

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