Maui Already Has Problems with Sewage in the Ocean off West Maui, but Kihei Coast Is Worse

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Article courtesy of ANTHONY PIGNATARO | March 16, 2016 | mauitime | Shared as educational material

It is well known that the County of Maui violated the Clean Water Act by discharging millions of gallons of wastewater into injection wells in West Maui. A judge made the ruling in 2014. This harms coral reef. Coral reef has decreased off that coast by 76 percent since 1995. Research shows that wastewater floats to the surface at the beach there. Tourists and locals go to this beach. The county also uses injection wells at its wastewater treatment facilities in Kahului and Kihei. The journal Marine Pollution Bulletin included a study that shows that the South Maui waste plume is much larger than anything found in West Maui. One researcher found the little attention paid to Kihei “shocking.” South Kihei beach also suffers from a decline in coral. The study showed inorganic nitrogen at 100 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended level. Read more about it here:

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